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Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law

Course Outline

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.

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.

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Indicative 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 format

This course is offered both as an online course providing 5 x 2 hours sessions.

Course cost

The course cost is £300 per person.

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

*Course cost is subject to change 


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.

Find out more about training scholarships 

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