ONLINE COURSE: Forced Migration and Sustainable Development

Wars, conflicts, borders, walls, persecution, human rights violations, asylum and more… the issue of forced migration is highly relevant today. Now, more than ever, it is important to analyse how refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons are protected by legal norms, institutions, and procedures, and how sustainable development initiatives affect forced displacement.

Course periodJune 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022 Session I
Category Law & Economics
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

max. 15 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline May 15, 2022, or when participant quota is reached Application period over.
Course fee700.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


This course examines the multidisciplinary intersection of and relationship between two major regimes: Refugee Protection and Sustainable Development.

The seminars start with an introduction to the Refugee Protection regime, with special attention being given to the evolving norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community’s resolve to protect refugees, but also internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons. The initial seminars will also consider the environment-mobility nexus and the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Students will then be introduced to recent initiatives to further the protection of refugees (Global Refugee Forum and Global Compact on Refugees), to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response to IDP situations (Transformative Agenda), and to address migration in general (Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration) and migration and development, in particular (Global Forum on Migration and Development).

The seminars will also discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (in particular Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels).

Towards the end of the course students will analyze both development initiatives that may produce forced displacement, and those that may be implemented in areas that receive forced migrants.

The sessions and ensuing discussions will be based on state-of-the-art literature (academic and institutional publications) on both Refugee Protection and Sustainable Development.


Syllabus (PDF)

Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 45 contact hours.

The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (60%)
  • self-study, assignments, group exercises/case studies (40%)


Weekly schedule of virtual class room sessions:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
5.00 pm – 7.30 pm (Berlin time, UTC+2)

11.00 pm – 1.30 am (Beijing time, UTC+8)
1.00 am – 3.30 am (Sydney time, UTC+10)
10.00 am – 12.30 pm (Chicago time, UTC-5)

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.

This course is taught in English, including readings in English. For the understanding of the texts and the discussions in class a language level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Participating students need to be at least 18 years old.

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

Dr. José H. Fischel de Andrade read Law (LLB), International Law (LLM), International Relations (MSt) and History of International Relations (PhD) at the universities of Brasília, São Paulo, and Cambridge and is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Graduate Institute (HEID) in Geneva.

He teaches part-time at the Humboldt University in Berlin 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/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin