Latest publications by the Odysseus Network

Searching for solidarity in the EU asylum and border policies, Constitutional and operational dimensions, by Daniel Thym and Lilian Tsourdi

As an outcome of the 2016 Annual Policy Conference of the Odysseus Academic Network “Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies”, a special issue of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law has been edited by Daniel Thym and Lilian Tsourdi. This special issue is available here.

Solidarity was once at the core of the European integration process. While originally intended to facilitate further integration, solidarity, in recent years, has often been associated with the intention of safeguarding existing policies. This article attempts to untangle this polysemous concept. It discusses the constitutional significance of solidarity, ultimately distinguishing four discernible dimensions in the EU context: transnational solidarity, inter-state solidarity, solidarity between a particular group of individuals and, finally, the institutional dimension. It unpacks the interaction between solidarity, loyalty and mutual trust, ascertaining them as interlocking principles. We focus on solidarity in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, revealing it to have legal effects which require compensatory action to support the application of supranational rules. Nonetheless, the principle can be realized in different ways, and it is far from certain whether the EU institutions are able to muster the political clout and the political legitimacy necessary to overcome divergences of opinion and perception. Against this backdrop, we sketch what EU institutions have undertaken to operationalize the principle in the ambit of EU asylum and border control policies to respond to the refugee policy crisis. The contributions to this special issue delve more deeply into the different aspects of this central theme.

Special issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly, edited by Philippe De Bruycker and Lilian Tsourdi

RSQ cverA special issue of the Refugee Survey Quarterly, edited by Philippe De Bruycker and Lilian Tsourdi, is available here.

Articles in this issue examine the challenge of asylum detention to refugee protection employing various research methodologies and concentrating on legislative developments, jurisprudence and practice in different national and regional levels: North America, EU, Council of Europe and global level. Some of the contributions build upon the analysis developed in the framework of the Made Real project, which was coordinated by the Odysseus Academic Network and co-financed by the European Commission.

The editors are very grateful to the Editor-in-Chief Vincent Chetail and his team at the RSQ for the opportunity to develop this issue and for an excellent collaboration during the editing process. They also thank Alice Bloomfield, Galina Cornelisse, Cathryn Costello, Alice Edwards, Petra Molnar, Minos Mouzourakis, Joanna Petin and Stephanie J. Silverman for contributing to the issue.

Odysseus Network Conference Publication: Short papers on Searching for Solidarity

Short paper coverA collection of short papers by speakers at the conference is now available, with articles by Gregor Noll, Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi, Madeline Garlick, Philippe De Bruycker, Nuno Piçarra and Aikaterini Drakopoulou.

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Reforming the Common European Asylum System: The New European Refugee Law


Edited by Vincent Chetail, Philippe De Bruycker and Francesco Maiani

This book is aimed at analysing the recent changes of the Common European Asylum System, the progress achieved and the remaining flaws. The overall objective and key added value of this volume are to provide a comprehensive and critical account of the recast instruments governing asylum law and policy in the European Union.

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