Academics from Middlesex University School of Law have worked in partnership with colleagues from the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona to deliver an international and interdisciplinary summer school on “the Refugee Crisis and the European Union’s Response: Context, Management and Challenges”.
The course took place between July 18th and 22nd at the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona, and attracted about 20 postgraduate students and NGO practitioners from across the world, including from Spain, Italy, Greece, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Lebanon and Peru.
The course provided participants with an understanding of the current ‘refugee crisis’ across the Mediterranean and its local, national and European policy implications. These aspects were examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives including Law, Sociology, Political Sciences and Media Studies. Tutors from Middlesex University included Dr. Anastasia Christou, Professor Brad Blitz and Social Policy Research Centre co-directors Professor Eleonore Kofman and Dr. Alessio D’Angelo – working alongside Barcelona-based Dr David Moya, Dr. Georgios Milios, Professor Silvia Carrasco, Dr. Jordi Pamies, Dr. Sonia Parella and others.
“The lectures and debates dealt with the refugee crisis from different disciplines and points of view and gave us all a unique chance to interact with PhD researchers, LLM students and practitioners from a great variety of countries that work in the field of refugee and asylum. – commented Dr Moya and Dr Milios – Both professors and students are looking forward to the next Summer School that will take place in London next summer 2017.” (For information contact Alessio D’Angelo: firstname.lastname@example.org)
This initiative – part of the Migration at Middlesex network – stems from ongoing collaborations between Middlesex academics and two of the main universities in Barcelona, as well as the Catalan research centre CER-migrations. Two bursaries were made available for students from Middlesex University, and were awarded to School of Law postgraduate students Elena Borsacchi and Mariam Gbaja .