Academic networks

European Criminal Law Academic Network



The European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN) was set up by the Institut d’études européennes (IEE, or Insitute of European Studies in English) of the ULB in December 2004. It receives European Commission funding (AGIS Programme) and funding from the Luxembourg and Belgian justice ministries. The network is coordinated by Professor Anne Weyembergh and Mr Serge de Biolley. Its aims is to facilitate and to bolster academic research and education in the area of European criminal law. It also aims to put academics and researchers specialised in the area in contact in order to facilitate cooperation and synergies between universities and research centres.


ECLAN is gradually developing and has, since November 2006, 32 points of contact (28 EU Member States as well as Bosnia Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and more than 100 members coming from several EU Member States. The network has developed a website containing, in addition to a list of members of the network, relevant information about the European criminal law sector: legislative texts, publications, academic articles, case law, events etc. The network organises different activities (meetings of contact points, colloquia etc) and leads various projects in this area in partnership with other institutions.


Every year ECLAN organises a PhD seminar and a summer school in European criminal law.



Academic Network of Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe



The Academic Network of Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe (ODYSSEUS) was set up in 1998 with financial support from the European Commission’s programme at the initiative of Philippe De Bruycker, Professor and researcher at the Centre for European Law and at the Institute for European Studies of the ULB. It brings together experts from each of the Member States of the European Union. The network’s vocation is to offer expertise on the domestic law of Member States of the European Union and EU law in the areas of immigration and asylum. The aim is to provide university students, political decision-makers, practitioners and NGOs with high quality legal information in a European context. The results of the work have been addressed to the European institutions in order to contribute to the legislative work that they must complete on the basis of the new provisions of the Treaty of Amsterdam. The working languages are French and English.


Every year ODYSSEUS organises a summer school.


The Omnia project strengthens the ODYSSEUS network by allowing for the development of distance training and databases that are accessible online in order to centralise information covering, in particular, case law, legislation and ongoing or completed research. A bibliographic database will also be set up. In this context, a blog containing legal articles drafted by members of the network comments on current legal and political issues as the weeks go by.