Thematic Short Course: Legal Framework of Forced Migration

Legal Environment of Forced Migration
© CICR / HEGER, Boris / V-P-CF-E-00761

MAY 22 - 26, 2017

Internally displaced person, migrant or refugee? The three terms have distinct legal meanings. Conflating them risks taking attention away from the specific legal protection that refugees and internally displaced persons require. Denial of asylum has potentially deadly consequences.

This seminar helps participants to identify who is entitled to protection as a refugee or internally displaced person under international law and aims to strengthen the legal responses of humanitarian actors and international lawyers to forced migration. It touches upon challenges of statelessness as well as the housing, land and property rights of refugees and displaced people.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Identify who is entitled to protection as a refugee or internally displaced person under international law, understand the challenges raised by statelessness and strengthening the legal responses of humanitarian actors and international lawyers to forced migration.

This course is developed jointly with the Global Migration Centre of the Graduate Institute and includes a visit to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. 

By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the international legal environment of forced migration, its main actors and the challenges they are facing
  • Integrate legal consideration into humanitarian interventions, strategies, programmes and projects in response to forced migration

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of

  • The legal norms and instruments for the protection of refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons under international law

Learning outcomes in terms of skills - Capacity to

  • Integrate legal consideration into humanitarian interventions, strategies, programmes and projects in response to forced migration

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competences - Ability to

  • Analyse forced migration challenges from a legal perspective
  • Critically assess the opportunities and limitations of the use of legal mechanisms for responding to forced migration

CERTIFICATION

2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.