Educational Seminar “European Asylum and Refugee Law: Recent Developments” November 2019

The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens is organising an educational seminar titled “European Asylum and Refugee Law: Recent Developments” and announces: Up to 30 scholarships

The seminar takes place within the framework of the European project “European Governance of Immigration: The External Dimensions” (2017-2020), co-funded by the European Commission and the University of Athens. The Scientific Coordinator of the project is Professor Yannis Valinakis, President of the Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at the University of Athens.

The course consists of five weekly afternoon sessions, along with two researchers’ workshops and is addressed to lawyers, public administration officers, staff of army forces, representatives of regional or local authorities, students of military, police and coast guard academies and graduates as well as researchers of humanities, as well as NGO executives and the civil society.


The seminar focuses on modern developments in European asylum and refugee law, as well as on the comparative study of national asylum systems, between Member States and third countries. In particular, the theoretical framework for the development of the concept of “international protection” will be put in place, while emphasis will be placed on the creation and development of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The implementation of the CEAS will be studied vis-a-vis Greece as well as in other EU member states. The seminar will also present to participants the asylum systems and policies of third countries. Furthermore, the role and recent jurisprudence of the ECHR and the EU Court of Justice in relation to asylum will be examined. Lastly, special reference will be made to modern developments and trends in view of the CEAS reform following the 2015 refugee & immigration crisis, with reference to specific issues such as the law of unaccompanied minors, marginal asylum issues, safe third country / country concept first reception, family reunification, etc.

Participants will have the chance to be part of a research group and publish Policy papers or have an active role as rapporteurs. The programme also offers traineeship opportunities for university students, graduates, doctoral students or young professionals. Finally, participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The lectures will be delivered in Greek and a distance learning option is also available.


1st Thursday 28/11/2019
International Refugee Protection
2nd Monday 2/12/2019
Common European Asylum System (CEAS): Creation – Evolution – Current legal framework
3rd Thursday 5/12/2019
CEAS Reform: Proposals – Dynamics
4th Monday 9/12/2019
Asylum and Refugee Law: Application to special groups
5th Thursday 12/12/2019Asylum and Refugee Law application Overview
Researchers WorkshopMonday 16/12/20191st Researchers’ meeting
Researchers WorkshopThursday 9/1/20202nd Researchers’ meeting
Researchers WorkshopWednesday 15/1/20203rd Researchers’ meeting

Further information and application process

For the submission of applications, it is necessary to complete the Application Form (you can find it here by Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.

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