Olomouc, Czech Republic

Refugee Law and Rights

when 20 July 2020 - 29 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 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 and refugee rights in practice. 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

Target group

The school is open to professionals and students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines. 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 7th International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights founded 2012 in Sarajevo, by late OBE Prof. Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond from the University of Oxford and Dr Selma Porobić. Due to global pandemic sparked by a coronavirus, border closures and the long-lasting travel restrictions, this year’s edition of the school will take place ONLINE in the form of a Distance Learning Course.

The summer school is modelled according to international summer schools initiated by late professor Harrell-Bond in the 1980s as pioneering academic refugee law training for the humanitarians. It’s contents online will remain unchanged except for the limitation in face-to-face interaction that this year takes place virtually.

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 their future carriers in academia, UN, governmental and non-governmental organizations, media and other sectors of work. The principal aim is to advance the skills for protection 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 300: The late registration fee for those submitting the applications after 15th of May.


Disabled for the ONLINE edition 2020 due to university regulations for the Distance Larning Course