Brussels or Online, Belgium

EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy

blended course
when 28 June 2021 - 9 July 2021
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 600

▪ A programme made of three parts:
- Introductory courses
- Migration including visas & borders
- Asylum
- Interesting for students and professionals (courses during afternoons)

▪ To acquire an in-depth knowledge of EU migration and asylum law
- Courses including theory and practical elements
- Including evening debates on last developments on EU New Migration and Asylum Pact, covid
crisis, etc.
- And controversial issues like refoulement, accountability of frontex, etc.

▪ Professors among best specialists from all EU Member States
- Including practitioners from EU Institutions

▪ All courses on-site but also entirely on-line
- All courses given separately in English and in French
- A program legally oriented but also accesible to non-jurists
- Including a PhD seminar with four grants
- And a crowfunding campain to help refugee-students to participate

▪ The right place to discover the capital of Europe
- And to meet a group of one hundred persons interested by EU migration and asylum law
- And to build a professional network!

Course leader

Philippe De Bruycker

Target group

Participants must have either completed a University degree (at least a BA or equivalent with 3 years of studies) in Law, Political Science or International Relations (graduates of other disciplines will be considered depending upon the legal courses they have followed) or have an equivalent professional experience in a relevant field. Successful candidates will have to submit a copy of their university degree before the start of the Summer School.

Course aim

This 21th edition of the summer school will focus on the New Migration and Asylum Pact presented by the European Commission on 23rd September 2020. The opening session will be devoted to what is at stake with the pact and the evolution of the debate with the positions taken by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament in the framework of the legislative process. Solidarity between Member States in liaison with the reform of the Dublin system, asylum and return border procedures, funding, power of agencies and screening of migrants will be among the issues that will be discussed. The debate will be fueled by the series of numerous posts on the elements of the pact that has been published on the Odysseus blog.

▪ The controversy about Frontex and the pushbacks that have taken place will be analysed in relation with the diverse types of control exercised upon the agency and its liability.

▪ The Covid crisis and its consequences for EU migration and asylum policies will finally be analysed with issues like the limitations of freedom of movement and the Digital Green Certificates proposed by the European Commission to facilitate the exercise of this freedom, derogations to the right to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement, internal border controls, as well as the consequences for return and detention policies.

▪ All those issues will be at the core of the discussions that will take place during the visits to the EU institutions (Council, Parliament, Commission). In case the sanitary situation would not allow visits on the spot, the speakers of the concerned institutions will be invited to come to the ULB campus where the summer school takes place.

▪ A forum will be opened on the electronic platform of the summer school in order to launch a debate about the future of the European migration and asylum policies among the participants.

Fee info

EUR 600: Students without an income
EUR 800: NGO/ PhD/ Trainee