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Odysseus Academic Network

Université libre de Bruxelles

The Odysseus Academic Network is a network of experts in immigration and asylum law in Europe. It was founded in 1999 at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), with the financial support of the European Commission at the beginning. The network brings together legal experts from all EU Members States, including Schengen associated States as well as Turkey. It organises every year a summer school in Brussels and has launched an executive Masters' in EU migration and asylum law. 

The Odysseus Academic Network has created a pan-European community of researchers and experts in the field of EU immigration and asylum, and through this strengthened cooperation, it provides a comprehensive analysis of migration issues, both at the European and national levels. In particular, it provides support to the training of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the studies of the European Migration Network (EMN) and makes research for the European Parliament and the European Commission under specific contracts. The network is equally a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise between academics, policy-makers, practitioners and NGOs in the field of immigration and asylum law and policy.