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Refugee Protection and Forced Migration

Wars and conflict, persecution, borders, asylum… the issue of forced migration is highly topical and relevant. It’s all the more important to analyze how refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons are protected by norms, institutions and procedures – and even question it.


Course periodJuly 23, 2018 - Aug. 17, 2018 Session II
Category Religion, Ethics & Law
Course levelsBachelor
LanguageEnglish
Class size

max. 18 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2018, or when participant quota is reached Registration will open soon
Early bird discount50.00 Euro until Feb. 15, 2018
Alumni discount50.00 Euro
Course fee630.00 Euro

Description

This course examines the protection regime pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and stateless persons. It gives special attention to the evolving set of legal norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community’s resolve to protect refugees and other forced migrants.

The course begins with an introduction to the international human rights and the asylum protection regimes. It then continues with a historical perspective of the pre-United Nations initiatives to protect refugees and introduces the normative ethics and politics of refugee protection. That is followed by an analysis of both the legal and institutional pillars of the refugee regime, i.e. of the refugee definitions captured in various international instruments and of the protection granted by the UNHCR. The regional refugee regimes are then examined, specifically those developed in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Last but not least, the course will review the protection of IDPs and of stateless persons.

Throughout the course, case studies will be used so that students can translate into practice the legal instruments, theoretical concepts, and doctrine that they have learned.

Syllabus will be available soon
Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 11 hours per week).
  • The lessons are held three times a week.
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions.

 

Schedule (Track C)

Tuesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 11.45 am

 

Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Advanced undergraduate law students and students with an academic background that qualifies them to participate in the course
 

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Mr. José H. Fischel de Andrade, PhD, MSt, LLM,

Dr. Fischel is a graduate from the universities of Brasília, São Paulo, and Cambridge and a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Graduate Institute in Geneva. He teaches part-time at the universities of Milan, Berlin, and Malaga and enjoys implementing the fruits of his teaching and research in challenging areas: he has been serving in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in various positions since 1995.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer | pierre.steuer@hu-berlin.de
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin
Germany


This course can be combined with: