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Europe and the Migratory Crisis

Simulation of an International Negotiation

About the project

The 2017 class of Master in International Law, specialized in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations at Paris-Saclay University will be going to Beirut, Lebanon to hold its yearly exercise of international negotiation.

This year, the theme will be "Europe and the migratory crisis". Each student plays the part of a diplomat from a specific country, international organization or non-governmental organization that he or she has learnt about after writing a consistent public dossier. In doing so, students have become acquainted with the specific goals and objects to fully interiorize their entities' stakes. Moreover, the purpose of this exercise is to highlight disagreements between countries and become cognizant of obstacles in regards to important issues. Moreover, the final objective of this simulation project is to produce and approve a relevant legal document that address the migratory crisis. 

The results of this negotiation will then be forwarded to the European institutions so they can be aware of how such negotiation could evolve as the need for multilateral talks on this issue has become more and more urgent.

Hosted by the Sagesse University in Beirut, the student will finalize the negotiation in plenary sessions and will adopt the final text they have been preparing for several months. This prospective exercise is unique in the Academia and aims to apprehend political and humanitarian issues with states and international organizations' rationality.

This simulation of negotiations is held within the Master in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations of Paris-Saclay University, with the support of the Center for the Analysis of Disputes and their Modes of Settlement (CADMOS) and thanks to the hosting of the Sagesse University in Beirut.

The negotiation is the great annual exercise of our Master's. It has been held continuously since 1994. The international identity of this curriculum can be retrieved both in the issues and in the places that have hosted these negotiations. Here is an overview of the simulations carried out by previous groups:

  • 2015, "Establishing a Social Responsibility and Intercultural Charter for the Media," UNESCO, Paris, France;
  • 2014, "The Economic Francophony," Rabat, Morocco;
  • 2012, "The Ethic of the Media," Tangier, Morocco;
  • 2010, "Water Geopolitics in the Euromed area," Beirut, Lebanon;
  • 2008, "Environment and Sustainable Development," Athens, Greece;
  • 2007, "Cultural Dialogue in the Euromed Area," Alexandria, Egypt;
  • 2002, "Crisis Management in the European Union," Brussels, Belgium.

What are the funds for?

The total cost of this project is as high as €800 per person, which is €27,200 in total for the 34 students that will be participating. One is already in Beirut to prepare the simulation with the 9 Libanese students from La Sagesse University.

The University Fund in Charge of Financing Student's Initiatives has already validated the relevance of our project and budget by allocating €6,800 for transportation costs between Paris and Beirut. This represents a financial aid of €200 per student.

Our partner in Lebanon will provide us with accomodation. Moreover, we are currently discussing with companies to receive financial support. Students will also contribute by paying 25% of the costs, which is €200 per person.

Gathering €5,000 through Ulule will enable us to cover the remaing costs for transportation and food when in Lebanon. This accounts for 18% of spendings necessary to our project.


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About the project owner

Managed by Dr. Michèle Guillaume-Hofnung, Public Law Professor and a pionner of the concept of mediation, and Dr. Selim El Sayegh, Public Law Professor and Social Affairs Minister of Lebanon (2009-2011), this master's degree has existed continuously for 37 years !

Selim El Sayegh, Professor at Paris-Sud University
 and renowned specialist of international negotiations


This curriculum has brought together very demanding and pluridiciplinary teachings thanks to a faculty staff composed of high-level military, diplomats, lawmakers, consultants and researchers in various domains. All our students have an international profile and most of them speak at least three languages, they have studied in France and abroad, and they have community organizing commitments. Many of them have received degrees in law but others have various backgrounds such as in political science, human sciences, languages and literature.

This year, the class gathers 41 students of the following nationalities: Afghan, Algerian, American, Canadian, Congolese, Cuban, Chilean, Colombian, Egyptian, French, German, Iraqi, Iranian, Ivorian, Mauritian, Mexian, Nigerian, Spanish, Togolese, Tunisian and Ukrainian.

The 2017 class of the DNS Master's


The American Graduate School in Paris, an American university based in Paris, selects some of their students every year to follow a double-track program in our University. These students participate actively in the simulation of negotiations and will be part of the trip to Lebanon for the final phase. They are totally integrated in the curriculum and six of them will join us in Beirut!


The Student staff in charge of the Beirut project gathers 5 people:

From left to right: Pierre, Sivan, Quentin (President of the Master's Association),
Yaëlle, Nicolas, Nacer.


This project is led by the Students' Association of the Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations Master's Degree.

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