The demanding program is of a legal nature. Courses will therefore be rather technical in orientation, but the program includes introductory legal courses in the first module to allow non-jurists to follow it successfully by acquiring knowledge about the influence of the institutional framework on the substance of EU migration and asylum policies; the interactions between human rights and migration and asylum law; the roots of international migration and asylum law; and the freedom of movement of EU citizens by comparison with third-country migrants.

The fees cover access to the Odysseus summer school to give interested participants the possibility to acquire a sound base of knowledge before following the executive master’s program. The classes offer theoretical but also practical elements, in particular regarding the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU and of the European Court of Human Rights, including cases that have not yet been decided. Personal reading is expected from the participants. The very latest developments of the European policies are integrated into the teaching, through the participation as lecturers of high-ranking officials from the European Commission, Council and Parliament.

The classes will be conducted by academics who are among the best regarded specialists of EU and national migration or asylum law. They join the program from the universities indicated below that cooperate in the Odysseus Network, which is represented in all the Member States of the European Union, including Schengen associated States and Turkey

Université Libre de Bruxelles, (B), Université catholique de Louvain (B), Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa (P), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (P), Universität Salzburg (A), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL), Universität Konstanz (D), Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid (E), Università degli Studi di Milano (I), Université de Bayonne (F), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL), Aarhus Universitet (DK), Lund Universitet (SE), Abo Akademi University (FIN), Eötvös Loránd University (HU), University  of Silesia (PL), Mykolas Romerio Universitetas (LT), Riga Graduate School of Law (LV), University of Ljubljana (SL), Mirovni inštitut (SL),University of Latvia (LV), Charles University Praha (CZ), Masaryk University Brno (CZ), University College Cork (IRL), University of Sofia (BG), Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (CH), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (CH), University of Nicosia (CY), University of Malta (MT), University of Zagreb (HR), University of Iceland (IS), CRH Michelsen Institute (NO), University of Oslo (NO), Uppsala University (SE), Suleyman Demirel University (TR), Max Planck institute (D), Maastricht Universiteit (NL).

The classes bring the persons physically present in Brussels together with the participants online from all over Europe, who can exchange alongside the others due to advanced broadcasting technology. Limiting the composition of the group to about twenty persons favors interactivity with the professors and discussions among the participants as they learn from each other. The participants will have access to a specific online platform that provides access to extensive and up to date documentation.

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