Czech Republic, Olomouc

International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights

when 19 August 2019 - 28 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee EUR 250

A lot has been written or said about refugees in the media during the last years, but who are refugees, and who are not? Why do states have an obligation towards their protection and what kind of obligation? Who is to be protected by international refugee protection right and who is not? What are the rules of protection in the EU and who does this work and how? If you are wondering about these questions and are interested in working with refugees and asylum seekers in your own country or in building an international career to work with UN, within the international humanitarian sector, you have a unique opportunity to receive the education from the world-renowned experts during the 10-days intense and interactive academic training this summer!
The Summer School employs an interactive learning environment using a combination of lectures, documentary films, debates and open discussions, enabling participants both to contribute to and gain an in-depth knowledge of asylum adjudication procedures. Instructors at the school are experienced and committed lawyers, scholars, practitioners and activists in the field that will bring a comparative and locally focused perspective to the international protection debate.

Course leader

Dr Selma Porobic, Humanitarian Studies, CMTF, UPOL

Target group

The school is open to students and professionals from all academic disciplines and backgrounds. Our participants typically include staff from the main refugee and humanitarian international organisations, regional and local refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs, government officials working on refugee protection, scholars and researchers working directly on forced migration issues as well as practicing lawyers, advocates, journalists and activists working on refugee protection and the human rights of forced migrants.

Course aim

This is the 6th International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights founded 2012 in Sarajevo, by late OBE Prof. Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond, the University of Oxford and Dr. Selma Porobić, Humanitarian Studies of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology in Olomouc. It is modelled according to international summer schools initiated by late Harrell-Bond in 1980s as pioneering academic refugee law training for the humanitarians.

The school brings together leading academics and practitioners focusing both theoretical and practical aspects of the legal refugee protection, with an aim to proactively contribute to its advancement through future carriers in academia, UN, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, media and other sectors of work. Principal aim is to advance the skills for protecting and to help exchange and build expert and cooperation networks in responding to the current challenges of access to international refugee protection in Europe and beyond.

Fee info

EUR 250: The Early Bird Registration now extended until 15th of May!!!
EUR 350: The late registration fee for those submitting the applications after 15th of May.


Part of our policy is to support the refugee organisations in both staff capacity building and enabling them the establishment of a wider support and cooperation net