DateFriday 2 and Saturday 3 December 2016

Registration: Please register for the course here before 7 November 2016

LocationNH Berlin Mitte Leipziger Strasse hotel in Berlin, Germany.

This year the ELENA Course aspires to provide an engaging forum for legal practitioners and decision makers to discuss, analyse and reflect upon the legal avenues that can be used in order to advance the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. There will also be an examination of how exclusion and cessation clauses are applied. Finally, the course will focus on recent European jurisprudence on asylum law and the new roles of EU border and asylum agencies.

The course is aimed at legal practitioners who work in the area of asylum, decision makers and staff of national asylum authorities as well as students and those working in international and non-governmental organisations who specialise in asylum law.

Friday 2 December 2016

Day one will feature James C. Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law of the University of Michigan Law School, who will introduce the International Refugee Rights Regime before focusing on the right to freedom of movement for refugees.

Saturday 3 December 2016

Day two will start with a keynote speech by Judge  Anne Power-Forde  SC, associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers and former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, on European jurisprudence on asylum law.

A detailed conference agenda will soon be available on ECRE’s website.

The course fee is 330 Euros per person for ELENA Coordinators; 370 Euros per person for lawyers and NGO staff; and 400 Euros per person for government officials and international organisations. The fee covers all relevant costs including reading material, meals and a social evening on Friday 2 December 2016.

Please note that the fee does not include accommodation, travel to the event or an evening meal on Saturday 31 October 2016. Specials rates for ELENA participants are available at the NH Berlin Mitte Leipziger Strasse hotel. A favourable booking fee of 90 EUR per night for a single room will apply. Please contact the hotel directly at: with the following reference “23.138.312”.  

To register for the course, please click here. Interested participants should register by Monday 7 November 2016. However, given the limited places available, interested persons are recommended to reserve their place as soon as possible.