AFGELAST: Performance The Suppliants, 4juni 8:15-10:15 Vondelpark Amsterdam

European premiere of the play The Suppliants in the open air theatre in Vondelpark. The Suppliants tells the timeless story of fifty female refugees seeking asylum from forced marriage and domestic violence, based on a Greek tragedy by Aeschylus.

Summer School on Labour Migration in the European Union, Naples 7-16 July 2020

EULab is open up to 30 postgraduate students in the fields of Law, International Relations and Social Science with the view to promote an interdisciplinary approach to labour migration issues. The Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRISS) is an official partner institution of the EULab Summer School.

Tuition in the context of the Summer School will combine strictly legal perspectives with the insights of practitioners from non-legal areas, and the dynamic and interactive settings of daily workshops will nurture debates among students from different fields.

The programme of EULab 2020 is available here.
More information on how to apply to EULab 2020 are available here.

Conference Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: 7-8 July Sussex, Brighton (UK).

The SOGICA project aims to produce the necessary evidence base for a more just and humane asylum process for individuals seeking refuge in Europe on the basis of their SOGI.

To this end, since 2016, the project has studied the social and legal experiences of SOGI asylum claimants across Europe, by exploring the European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) frameworks and by focusing on Germany, Italy and the UK as case studies. During this time, SOGICA has carried out more than 150 interviews and focus group discussions with asylum claimants, refugees, decision-makers, practitioners, and experts in the field, and has conducted observations of hearings of SOGI claimants in courts and tribunals. The team has produced a number of publications on different aspects of SOGI asylum (such as credibility, persecution, discretion, domestic and European adjudication of these claims) and made presentations at conferences and seminars across Europe. A database of materialswebsite of resources and network of more than 1,000 friends and allies beyond academia has been established. The SOGICA project will conclude in 2020 with the publication of a monograph and further peer-reviewed articles, all of which are intended to inform fairer SOGI asylum processes in Europe and greater sensitivity and humanity for SOGI minorities outside the legal process.

Registration deadline is 30 April 2020.
Conference registration is free. However, we are keen to provide bursaries to enable some project participants – asylum claimants, refugees and activists – to take part. We are therefore creating a bursary fund.

UITGESTELD: Statelessness Summer Course; en Advanced Course on Child Statelessness, 13-17july

The Statelessness Summer Course offers a one-week programme to learn and share new knowledge, tools and skills in order to address statelessness and realise the right to a nationality. The programme includes reflections on the history and concepts of nationality and statelessness, and them moves on to more specific questions relating to statelessness, including such topics as

  • children's right to a nationality,
  • the interaction between statelessness and forced migration,
  • the place of statelessness in the Sustainable Development Goals and
  • the problem of arbitrary deprivation of nationality.

The Institute's new advanced statelessness course zooms in on childhood statelessness and goes beyond what is taught on this topic in the general Statelessness Summer Course, looking in depth at:

  • international norms & jurisprudence relating to the child's right to a nationality;
  • safeguarding against childhood statelessness;
  • birth registration, legal identity and nationality;
  • the interaction between childhood statelessness & (forced) migration; 
  • discrimination and intergenerational statelessness.

Conference: 'Migrants, Law and the State In and Beyond Europe', Lisbon, 21-24 July 2020

This panel interrogates how migrants without settled legal status in the Global South and North use the law to demand political, economic, social and cultural rights. It brings together research on migrants' navigation of bureaucratic landscapes as well as ethnographic work on state bureaucracies.

Summer School Odysseus Network 24 August to 4 September 2020, Brussels

The Summer School has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective. The programme is organised by the Odysseus Academic Network under the umbrella of the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Participants in the Summer School typically include PhD and graduate students, researchers, EU and Member State officials, representatives of NGOs and International Organisations, lawyers, judges, social workers and more.

In addition to the classes, evening debates and visits to the European Institutions, the course provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating fortnight and to network among a group of around one hundred fellow participants coming from all over Europe. The setting of the summer school in Brussels, capital of the European Union, creates a unique environment that facilitates participants' deeper engagement with EU institutions and networking between participants.

Odysseus Network : One Year Certificate in European Law on Immigration and Asylum 5sept-12juli, Brussel

The aim of this programme is to provide its participants with an in-depth understanding of the EU migration and asylum law. It will be of interest to all persons who wish to acquire a specialised knowledge in immigration and asylum law.

The courses are given in English in Brussels at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year. Participants are supposed to attend physically the classes, but it will also be possible to follow them live on skype upon distance. Several specific gatherings will be organised in Brussels throughout the year for participants following the courses from abroad.
Participants will receive a university certificate if they follow succesfully the programme, includng some written or oral exams. Registration will start in January 2020.

Summer School: Migration and Mobility in an Era of Contention, 7-18 sept Florence

The Migration Policy Centre is now taking applications for the 2020 edition of the Migration Summer School, which will take place at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) from 7-18 september 2020. Applications are welcome from research and policy professionals to create an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, international organisation practitioners, NGO workers, journalists, policy analysts and teachers from around the world. The Migration Policy Centre has a long-standing experience in organising summer schools and executive trainings. It has been selected by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) to train civil servants in Brussels and in the EU Delegations worldwide. It coordinates the provision of training in the field of migration for the European University Institute’s new School of Transnational Governance.

For more information see the Migration Summer School page on the MPC website.