CLEER Winter Academy: EU External Policies and Instruments & Asylum and Migration, 17 – 21 February 2020

For the first time, the T.M.C. Asser Institute and CLEER are organising the CLEER winter academy in February 2020. The winter academy is a one-week training course split into two focal parts. Part one runs for the first two days (17 & 18 February), and it will focus on EU external policies and instruments. The second part of the training will run for the remaining three days and it focuses on EU asylum and migration issues.

Why should you attend?

The CLEER winter academy offers interactive lectures delivered by renowned academic experts as well as workshops led by experienced practitioners. The programme combines training sessions focusing on developing both knowledge-domain knowledge and skills, thereby enabling participants to gain first-hand experience of how theory is transformed into practice.

The programme offers:

  • Extensive knowledge of the core instruments forming the foundations of the EU’s external action.
  • Deep understanding of the legal and policy issues in the field of EU Asylum and Migration policies.
  • Stimulating debates on current EU external policy challenges such as EU representation in external fora, EU enlargement policies, as well as challenges pertaining to the current EU asylum and migration policies.
  • Strengthening of analytical, presentation and critical thinking skills through the analysis of case-studies and simulation activities.
  • Networking opportunities with other participants as well as leading academic experts and practitioners.

In addition to the various interactive sessions and workshops, the training course offers e-coaching and evaluation sessions after the end of the course. 

Part 1: EU external policies and instruments (17 and 18 February, 2020)

The Treaty of Lisbon provided the EU with new competencies and instruments for its foreign policy. For students, civil servants, diplomats and representatives of NGOs it is, therefore, necessary to keep abreast of these competencies and instruments and the way they have developed in practice. Besides this, the development of networking and stakeholder analysis are important skills in this policy area.

What will you learn? 

  • The present and future challenges and developments in EU foreign policymaking.
  • Get insight into the most important legal cases of the EU as a diplomatic player and learn how external policies of the EU are organised internally.
  • Understand the role of the High Representative and the role of the EU towards other international organisations, like the UN, OESO and WTO.
  • Acquire the necessary tools and skills to be able to influence EU policymaking at the earliest possible stage.

Target Group

Students, civil servants, representatives of NGO’s and diplomats with an academic background or practical experience in law, political science or international relations.

Part 2: Asylum and migration (19, 20, 21 February, 2020)

Asylum and migration policies are a shared competence of the EU and the Member States and these are amongst the most sensitive policy areas since they touch upon issues of national sovereignty, free movement of persons, border control and management and the capacity to absorb a massive influx of asylum seekers. After the disastrous year of 2015, when thousands of migrants lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean, it became clear that the existing policies, like the Dublin Regulation, were no longer sufficient to deal with the massive inflow of migrants. As a result, a controversial deal was concluded with Turkey to stop the influx through this route, an agreement was reached about the relocation of immigrants and most recently, the EU created an autonomous border control capacity of 1500 men. This training course offers insight and understanding of the present asylum- and migration policies of the EU, the Schengen area, border management, the role and competences of Frontex and new and future policy initiatives, instruments and challenges.

What will you learn? 

  • Learn about the existing framework of EU asylum and migration law.
  • Get insight on the lessons learned and current challenges in the current EU asylum and migration policies.
  • Compare and analyse national implementations and best practices within different EU member states.
  • Understand the Common European Asylum System (Dublin Regulation, Qualification Directive, Reception conditions). 

Target group

Students, civil servants, representatives of NGO’s and diplomats who are actually involved in EU asylum- and migration policies or who will be involved in the nearby future and have basic knowledge of this policy area.  

Practical information and fees:

Participants have the option to register for and attend the full one-week training course, or choose one of the two parts to attend.

Fee full week: € 1295

Fee EU external policies and instruments (2 days): €495

Fee Asylum and migration (3 days): €775

For inquiries on registration and the programme, please contact

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