Prof. Philippe De Bruycker (Coordinator and founder of the network) is a lawyer specialised in European Immigration and Asylum Law, free movement of European citizens and comparative aliens law. He is teaching and researching in those fields at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He coordinates the Odysseus Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe which he founded in 1999 with the support of the European Commission. To read about Philippe and his projects click here for an interesting interview.
Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi (Member of the coordination team) is a lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law at the university of Oxford. Before she was a Max Weber Fellow at the Law Department of the European University Institute (EUI). She holds a PhD from the Law Faculty and the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her research focuses on the administrative governance of the EU asylum policy and EU funding in selected policy areas. She regularly undertakes consultancy work for EU institutions and international and non-governmental organisations. She was also employed as researcher at the Migration Policy Centre of the EUI, the ULB and at the UCL, and as advisor for a Member of the European Parliament.
Deborah Weinberg is a Researcher for the Omnia Project. She holds a degree in Public law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and an Advanced Master in Environmental Law from Saint-Louis University and the Catholic University of Louvain. She also obtained a Certificate in European law on Immigration and Asylum organised by the Odysseus Network for which she wrote her dissertation on the right to appeal in EU migration law. She worked as a lawyer specialised in migration and asylum law at the Brussels Bar and for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in West Africa. She also interned at the UNHCR and the Migration Unit of the European Commission. Since 2011, she works as a legal officer for the Belgian Federal Migration Centre, Myria.
Angeliki Tsiliou is a Research and Project Assistant for the OMNIA project. She holds a LLM degree from the Maastricht University’s European Law School with specialisation in Public Law and Governance. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network Angeliki was a trainee in the Justice and Home Affairs Directorate of the Council of the European Union and a Protection Intern in UNHCR SO Lesvos, Greece.
Jonas Bornemann works as a Research Assistant for the OMNIA Project and focusses primarily on its cooperation with the European Migration Network. Jonas holds a LLM degree from Maastricht University’s European Law School with a specialisation in European public law. Previously, he worked as a Project Assistant to the Berlin-based Think Tank The Progressive Centre and his research inter alia encompasses the role of courts promoting a comprehensive fundamental rights regime in Europe. Please don’t hesitate to contact him via email@example.com.
Elena Marati is a Student Trainee for the Odysseus Network. She holds a Bachelor Degree in PPE at Luiss University (Rome), which she brought to conclusion with a dissertation on the Ethics of Immigration. She is currently attending a Master in International Security with a specialization on Migrations at Sciences Po Paris.
Rafael Boeynaems is an Assistant Trainee for the OMNIA Project. He holds Master of Laws degrees from the University of Antwerp and from King’s College London. For his first dissertation Rafael researched – whilst interning at the High Court of Jharkhand – internal migration due to land expropriation in India and for his second, the Hungarian ‘safe third country’ policy. He furthermore holds experience in international election observation as a coordinator of a mission and as an observer.
Simon Labayle (Researcher) holds Master degrees and a LLM in European Union law and in Philosophy of law, from Aix-Marseille Université (France) and the University of Ottawa (Canada). After completing them, he wrote a PhD analysing the European Union values, under the direction of Professor Rostane Mehdi (Aix-Marseille Université / France) and Olivier Delas (Université Laval / Canada). Afterwards, he joined the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique) and the Odysseus Network to work on the OMNIA project. At the end of his contract, he will be hired at the European Union Court of Justice as a référendaire of the Tribunal. He also maintains his researching activity by staying linked to the CERIC (Aix-Marseille Université) as an associated researcher, and by participating to several international conferences.
David Watt was Researcher and Project Officer for the OMNIA Project from the start of the project until the end of 2016. He holds a Masters degree from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Public International Law. Before joining Odysseus, David previously worked as a Legal Intern for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) as well as at the European Parliament. His research interests include asylum, human rights and refugee law, and sexual orientation issues in the asylum claim. After leaving Odysseus, David joined the UNHCR Bureau for Europe in Brussels.
Marseda Petraj was the Academic Coordinator for the 2017 Odysseus Network Summer School. She holds an LLM degree in European Union law from University of Ankara and wrote her master thesis focused on the human rights conditionality of Albania during the pre-accession of European Union enlargement process at the George Augusta University in Göttingen, Germany. In addition Marseda took short training courses at the University of Saarland and Viadrina University deepening her expertise concerning human rights issues in Europe. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network she worked in cooperation with Antonia Young at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, London in the Asylum, Human Rights & Appeals Department.
Polly Ruth Polak was Research Assistant for the OMNIA Project. A law graduate, she also holds a Master’s Degree in European Union Studies from the University of Salamanca and has carried out a previous legal internship at the Court of Justice of the EU. With the aim of becoming a University Professor, she was in her first year as a PhD student, writing a Doctoral Thesis on the legal impact of Brexit on the EUs Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, mainly focused on the consequences for the European immigration and asylum policy. After her traineeship at the Odysseus Network, Polly pursued doctoral studies at the University of Salamanca with the Cátedra Jean Monet Chair in EU External Action.
Katharina Bamberg was Research and Communications Assistant for the OMNIA Project and was responsible for the organisation of the Odysseus Academic Network Conference. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network, she studied for an MSc in Global Migration at University College London (UCL). While at UCL, she organised the Migration Research Unit’s annual student conference that offered comparative perspectives on refuge in an international setting. Katharina’s Master thesis focused on refugee women’s decision-making in the context of their flight to Germany. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. After leaving the Odysseus Network, Katharina joined the European Policy Centre’s Migration and Diversity Programme.
James Kneale was Research and Project Assistant for the OMNIA Project. He has a degree in Law and French from University College Cork, Ireland and an LL.M from the College of Europe, Bruges. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network, James was a trainee in the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union (Justice and Home Affairs Directorate). His main research interests are EU constitutional law and fundamental rights. After leaving the Odysseus network, James went on to work for the legal service of the Council of the European Union.
Gabriel Almeida was Research and Communications Assistant for the OMNIA Project. He holds a LLM from Tilburg University where he graduated cum laude in 2015. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network, he was a trainee at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, being responsible for monitoring the latest migration flows to the EU and for providing support research on relocation, ‘safe countries of origin’ and other asylum-related topics. His main interest is on the intersection between refugee law and fundamental rights. After leaving Odysseus, Gabriel joined the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).
Eimear O’Neill holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the Central European University in Budapest and a Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Eimear’s Master’s thesis focused on access to asylum in the EU and Australia. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network, she interned with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Anti-Trafficking Taskforce of the Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILnet). After leaving the Odysseus Network, Eimear moved on to work for Irish humanitarian and development organisation, GOAL.
Zarina Rahman holds an LLB from University College London (UCL) and has been called to the Bar of England & Wales. Before joining the Odysseus Network, Zarina was a Legal Assistant at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, responsible for monitoring developments in asylum law for the ELENA network and assisting with legal research and strategic litigation. After leaving the Odysseus Network, she moved on to work at a specialist barrister-led immigration law firm in London.
Giulia Raimondo was the Academic Coordinator for the 2016 Odysseus Network Summer School. She is writing a PhD in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She obtained her law degree from the Catholic University of Milan and her Master of Laws from McGill University, Montreal, where she specialized in human rights law. In Italy, she has worked as a trainee lawyer and volunteered with the Italian Inter-Municipal Social Service, offering legal and social assistance to asylum seekers.
Tatiana Kistruga holds a Master Degree in EU Law from Law Faculty at the University of Strasbourg, France, and a European Legal Studies Master (LL.M) from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Prior to joining the Odysseus Network, where she coordinated publications on the Odysseus blog and social media, she held various positions at the European Commission and at IOM’s Regional Office in Brussels. After leaving Odysseus, Tatiana joined a consultancy firm in Brussels focusing on Justice and Home Affairs projects.
Jean-Baptiste Farcy graduated from law school at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in 2014. He then completed a LLM in international economic law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) before joining the Odysseus Network where he coordinated publications on the blog. After completing his traineeship, Jean-Baptiste started a PhD on economic migration at the Université Catholique de Louvain under the supervision of Sylvie Sarolea, member of the Odysseus Network.