Teaching Curriculum

■ About the Summer School
Video for the Summer School, Introduction, Languages
■ Teaching Curriculum
Teaching Approach, Subjects, Lecturers, Calendar & Schedule
■ Doctoral Seminar with 4 PhD Grants
The deadline to apply for PhD grants is 15 July.
■ Scholarships for Refugees and #refYOUgees campaign
Application for Refugees and Crowdfunding
■ Extracurricular Activities
Visits to the European Institutions, Evening Debates & Other Events, Networking Events
■ Practical Information
Facilities, Certificate, Admission Requirements, Registration Fees, Coordination, Contact
■ Application Form
Please apply before July 31st 2020

Teaching Approach

The classes have a legal focus and combine theoretical and practical elements. They tackle the most recent political, legislative, and jurisprudential developments of the EU migration and asylum policies and favor discussion, in particular during evening-debates. The last proposals of the European institutions will be analysed thanks to European officials as guest speakers. Each participant will have access to up-to-date documentation on an electronic platform.

Watch the recent intervention of Professor Francesco Maiani, Odysseus Member’s for Switzerland and teaching  the Dublin mechanism for the Summer School on the Jurisprudence on Dublin III at the European Parliament:

LIBE Committee 19 February 2020


Part I: Introductory Lectures

Opening session about the Migration Pact
Migration flows and statistics
Free movement of EU citizens
European institutional framework
Implications of human rights
External relations and European migration policy
European databases (SIS, VIS, Eurodac, etc.)

Part II: Specialised Lectures


Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers
EU concepts of refugee and of subsidiary protection
Member States responsibilities and distribution of asylum seekers (“Dublin mechanism”)
Asylum procedures
Solidarity between Member States


External border control
European visa policy
Legal migration
Family reunification
Legal status and integration of third-country nationals
Smuggling and Trafficking
Return and readmission policy

Calendar & Schedule

The first general part of the programme includes 14 hours of lectures and the second and third specialised parts  (on immigration and asylum) are 30 hours in total. Each day is generally comprised of 4 hours of classes, presented in lectures of 2 hours with a break of 30 minutes in between. In order to enable participants in full-time employment to attend the classes, these will mainly be held each day between 2 pm and 6:30 pm.


The lecturers at the summer school include many members of the Odysseus Network as well as other experts in EU immigration and asylum law. The program alternates between experienced professors with established reputation and younger colleagues specialised in a particular field, in order to ensure that all courses, even the most technical, are taught by an expert of the area. The diversity of the speakers who come from all parts of the EU allows the expression of views from different Member States. There are also several speakers from the European institutions (in particular the European Commission’s DG Migration and Home Affairs) and international organisations (UNHCR). On top, some panels will include lawyers who have been involved in cases discussed, sometimes even before the ruling!   To have a practical idea of the teaching staff, this is he Who’s who of 2019 Summer School Speakers.

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