Subjects & Lecturers


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: Asylum

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

Part III: Immigration

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


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 2020 Summer School Speakers.

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.

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