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Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law

Date: 5 Sessions: 31 Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2022

Time: 13:00 – 15:00 (UK time)

Venue: Online

Course Details

This course offers a unique overview of International Migration and Refugee Law, linking theory and practice to allow participants to gain a meaningful understanding of the law and of the challenges in its implementation. The course is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the main legal frameworks, concepts, and actors in the field of International Migration and Refugee Law, as well as of the rights of refugees and other migrants - and the obstacles they face in accessing such rights.

Over the course of five sessions, participants will develop a solid and critical understanding of the sources and legal frameworks of international migration law, the sources and legal frameworks of international refugee law (including climate displacement), the laws regulating labour migration and labour exploitation, the phenomena of human trafficking and migrant smuggling (including the law on maritime migration), and the rights of refugees and other migrants under international human rights law.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be aware of the sources of International Migration and Refugee Law and of the relevant regional and domestic laws, as well as of the relevant International Organisations working in the field;
  • Understand the core concepts and principles established in the Refugee Convention and their application
  • Be aware of the core concepts and principles established by the International Labour Organisation and Human Rights treaties with respect to labour migration;
  • Understand the risks associated with migration and the drivers of 'voluntary' and 'forced' migration;
  • Be aware of the rights of migrants and understand the obstacles to accessing such rights.

Course Topics:

  • Sources and Framework of International Migration and Refugee Law
  • Risks associated with migration
  • International protection of displaced persons
  • Rights of migrants
  • Labour Migration

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Who is the course for?

The course is beneficial to anyone with an interest in migration and displacement issues including those working for NGOs and civil society organisations, government (including national and sub-national governments), inter-governmental organisations, legal practice (including law firms and chambers), businesses, and academia (including students).

Course Tutors:

Course Format

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 5 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

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Pricing and Registration

The course cost is £275 per person (including VAT)   


Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group Discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us 

Training Scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (10 October 2022).

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 10 CPD hours.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 70% of live course session time. Certificates will be sent to course participants within one month of the last session of the course.


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When you register for an event you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.

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