International Legal Research Group on Migration Law

What is the new LRG about?

ELSA is launching a new a Legal Research Group on the topic of Migration Law in cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, international intergovernmental organisation focused on protecting human rights, democracy, rule of law in Europe. The questions of the LRG focus on outlining the relevant policies and legal tools on integration of migrants within Europe. The findings of the research will be compiled in a final report to be published by ELSA and Council of Europe. Moreover, this final report will be presented at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly by ELSA.

Who can participate?

ELSA International is aiming to recruit as many countries as possible from the ELSA Network to participate in this Legal Research Group.

The project is open for both law students and young lawyers from ELSA Member and Observer Countries. The countries of research groups will be confirmed to participate by ELSA International as soon as the Application Period is over.

 Each National Research Group of the participating countries shall consist of National Coordinator, National Academic Coordinators, National Researchers, National Linguistic Editors and National Academic Supervisor(s).

What are the team roles?
  • National Coordinators

    National Coordinators (1 per country) are the chiefs of the team and they facilitate the communication with ELSA International and the National Academic Supervisors. The National Coordinator can also be a researcher.

  • National Academic Coordinators

    National Academic Coordinator has a role assist the National Coordinator in all aspects relating to the academic content of the final national report. As such, the NAC is responsible for answering academic questions from the National Researchers and communicating inquiries to the National Academic Supervisor for additional information; ensuring high quality research; processing and providing feedback to the national report prior to the submission to ELSA International.

  • National Researchers

    3-10 National Researchers; Under/Post Graduate/PhD students or young lawyers with focus and interest on the field who will be in charge of conducting the research on their national legislation and give answers to the questions set in the Academic Framework.

  • National Linguistics Editors

    Law Students or young lawyers with  professional Legal English knowledge or experts in legal translation, who will be in charge of the linguistic review of the research findings within their National Research Groups.

  • National Academic Supervisors

    1-3 National Academic Supervisors; Academics or expert lawyers on migration and human rights law who will be in charge of reviewing the research findings of the researchers and provide them with academic feedback regarding the content.

What is the project timeline?

Draft timeline of the project:


28th of March – Launch of the Project, Call for the National Coordinators, Researchers, Linguistic Editors, etc.

15th of April – Deadline for the Applications for National Coordinators

7th of May – Deadline for the Applications for National Researchers, Linguistic Editors etc.

21 of May – Extended deadline for the Applications

24th of July – Submissions of the First Drafts of the National Reports

14th of August – Academic Feedback to the Drafts

15th of September – Submission of the Final National Reports

30th of September – 2nd round of the Academic Feedback

21st of October – Deadline for the Final Corrections to the National Reports

Beginning of November – Publication of the Final Report

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