Extracurricular Activities

Summer School 2019

  1. About the Summer School
    1. Video for the Summer School
    2. Introduction
    3. Languages
  2. Teaching Curriculum
    1. Teaching Approach
    2. Subjects
    3. Lecturers
    4. Calendar & Schedule
  3. Extracurricular Activities
    1. PhD Seminar with Four Grants Available
    2. Visits to the European Institutions
    3. Evening Debates & Other Events
    4. Networking Events
  4. Practical Information
    1. Facilities
    2. Certificate
    3. Admission Requirements
    4. Registration Fees
    5. Coordination
    6. Contact
  5. Application Form

PhD Seminar with Four Grants Available

A PhD Seminar will be organised during the 2016 Summer School. It offers 15 doctoral researchers the opportunity to individually present their PhD project and receive feedback on the subject, structure and methodology of their thesis from a panel of three Odysseus Network Members from various European universities and possibly one high-level practitioner attending the Summer School. The PhD Seminar is aimed at researchers in law, but applications from researchers dealing with legal aspects of political science or international relations are welcome. The sessions are in English, but may be organised in French upon request.

The PhD Seminar will only be open to those who are participating in the entire programme of the Summer School, and selected doctoral researchers must therefore register for the Summer School and pay the PhD students’ fee. The PhD Seminar will provide an additional 10 to 15 hours of special sessions reserved exclusively for the 15 selected participants.

Four grants are available and will be attributed on the basis of academic record and financial need. The grants cover the Summer School fee (with the exception of the €100 application fee as explained below) as well as travel and accommodation costs.

The closing date for applications is 22 May 2016. More information is available here.

Visits to the European Institutions

The Summer School’s location in the capital of the European Union is a valuable opportunity to discover the EU institutions and to meet high-level officials from the EU who come to lecture. The Odysseus Network therefore organises visits to the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council of Ministers as part of the Summer School. Participants may also take an opportunity to spend an evening in the heart of the European quarter at Place du Luxembourg, where people working at the EU institutions famously go for an after-work drink.

Evening Debates & Other Events

In addition to the opening ceremony and different drinks receptions, a series of events will be organised during the Summer School. These events will take place in various locations, including the ULB, the European institutions and the Brussels Press Club Europe. This year, the events will include:

  • Debate evenings to complement the classes, with speakers including, for example, Members of the European Parliament, European civil servants, Justice and Home Affairs advisors, Member States, ambassadors from third countries to the EU and representatives from international organisations (notably UNHCR) and NGOs. In line with this year’s theme of European solidarity, the programme will deal with the consequences of a potential Brexit on European citizens’ freedom of movement, the EU-Turkey agreement on asylum, the transformation of Frontex into a European border guard force, the future of the Dublin system and the reform of the Blue Card Directive.
  • A trip to the European Schengen Museum (on Saturday 9 July) in the Luxembourgish village of Schengen with a speaker who took part in the creation of the Schengen area during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • A prize giving ceremony to award the Odysseus Prize for the best publication by a young researcher and the best monograph in European immigration or asylum law.

Networking Events

In order to increase the opportunities for professional networking, a cocktail event is organised on one evening of the Summer School. Professionals from EU Institutions (European Parliament, Commission and Council), International Organisations (UNHCR, IOM, ICMPD, etc.), NGOs (ECRE, JRS-Europe, etc.), think tanks (MPG, CEPS, MPI, etc.) and consultancies are invited in order to give participants of the Summer School the opportunity to make contacts that could help them to find a traineeship or a job.

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