Subject and lecturers



PART I – Introductory Lectures
Opening Lecture
Migration flows & statistics
Free movement of EU citizens
European institutional framework
Implications of human rights
External relations & EU migration policy
European Databases (SIS, VIS, Eurodac, etc.)

PART II – Specialised Lectures

External border control
European visa policy
Labor migration
Family reunification
Status & integration of third country nationals
Smuggling & trafficking
Return & readmission

Reception conditions for asylum seekers
European concepts of refugee & subsidiary protection
Member States responsibility (“Dublin system”)
Asylum procedures
Solidarity between Member States


The lecturers at the summer school include many members of the Odysseus Network as well as other experts in EU migration and asylum law. The program alternates between experienced professors with established reputation and younger colleagues specialised in a particular field, 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 are involved in cases before the European Court of Human rights or the European Court of Justice, sometimes even before the ruling!

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, in particular the New Migration and Asylum Pact, will be analysed with the contribution of European officials and guest speakers. Each participant will have access to up-to-date documentation on an electronic platform.

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