PhD seminars

Throughout the years, the Centre has been associated with the organisation of various PhD seminars.


PhD summer seminar on EU law [discontinued]

For several years, as part of Marianne Dony’s Jean Monnet Chair, the Centre hosted an inter-university PhD seminar on European law, which was organised every two years.

This PhD seminar was designed to encourage exchanges between researchers and universities. More specifically, its aim was to give 15 PhD students the opportunity to present their research to several guest professors and discuss it with them, in order to improve their methodological approach and to share their experience in terms of how they respond to particular difficulties that they may encounter during their research. The participation costs were paid for by the Centre for European Law. The working languages were English and French.


PhD seminar in European criminal law

The ECLAN network has been organizing PhD seminars in European criminal law every year since 2010. The ECLAN PhD seminar provides a friendly environment in which research students can gain experience in presenting their research, learn from each other’s research and develop contacts with other researchers in their field. It aims to gather together PhD candidates working in the field of EU criminal law and holding a degree in law, political science, or international studies. Candidates present a topic of their choice (e.g., their envisaged PhD topic, a chapter of their PhD, a recent paper, etc.) before a panel of outstanding professors of EU criminal law and members of ECLAN. They then receive comments, feedback and suggestions on their research. Finally, the floor is open for debate.

The seminar has taken place in different universities from one year to the next: Université libre de Bruxelles (2010), University of Luxembourg  (2011), University of Bayonne (2013), Queen Mary University London (2014), University of Copenhagen  (2015), University of Vienna (2016), University of Basel (2017), University of Luxembourg (2019) and University of Vilnius (2021 & 2022)

For more information about the next edition of the ECLAN PhD Seminar, you can consult the dedicated page on the network’s website.

PhD seminar in EU Immigration and Asylum Law (in English and French)

The Odysseus network organises a PhD seminar within the framework of its annual Summer School.

It offers a group of around ten doctoral researchers and students the opportunity to present their PhD project and to receive feedback from a panel of Odysseus Members as well as occasionally high-level practitioners following the summer school. The seminar is mainly for legal PhDs, but candidates in political science or international relations whose thesis include legal aspects can be accepted in agreement with the organiser. These sessions are in English, but some may be organised in French upon request.

The selected PhDs students need to register to the summer school and pay the registration fees for PhDs. They will follow the entire program as any participant to the summer school in addition to the PhD Seminar of around 10 hours.

Grants may be available and attributed on the basis of academic record and financial needs. The grants cover the registration fee (with the exception of the € 300 deposit as explained below) as well as travel and accommodation costs. Grant beneficiaries are requested to contribute actively to the coordination of the English or the French speaking group of participants.

For more information about the next edition of the Odysseus Summer School and PhD seminar, you can consult the network’s website.