8th Online Course on International Refugee Law for Postgraduate Students

29 March – 2 April 2021

Live sessions of the Online Course will be held from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, Rome time. Please, click here to check your time zone.

The Course will be delivered in English.


The Online Course presents the key aspects of the international protection of refugees. It is based on the analysis of International Refugee Law and its complementarity with other bodies of law in guaranteeing that the rights of forcibly displaced persons are respected and ensured. The different displacement phases are examined, by outlining the causes that force people to flee, the protection risks encountered throughout the displacement cycle, and the search and implementation of durable and sustainable solutions. A cross-cutting approach is adopted in analysing refugee-related issues, such as gender-based violence, and the protection of stateless and internally displaced persons. The Course is conducted in light of the developments generated by the Global Compact on Refugees.

Target audience

The Course is specifically designed for Post-Graduate students and PhD candidates with a background in International Law, and a strong interest in the topic.

It is important for participants to have a very good knowledge of the language of the Course, in order to be able to consult background materials, attend lessons, and participate in group works and discussions (no simultaneous translation is available).


  • Analyze the law, principles and policies relating to international protection.
  • Define key concepts and employ the correct terminology with regards to refugees, migrants, IDPs and stateless persons.
  • Raise awareness on the human rights issues faced by refugees and the need for durable solutions.
  • Develop a pragmatic and solution-oriented attitude towards the situation faced by forcibly displaced and stateless persons.
  • Motivate participants to become true advocates for persons in need of protection.

Structure and Methodology

The Online Course is structured into live and self-paced sessions, with the objective to provide an in-depth analysis of the subject of the training, including cross-cutting issues.

  • Live sessions are pre-scheduled and usually last between 90 and 120 minutes. These are delivered via Zoom for Education;
  • Self-paced sessions are completed at participants’ own pace, and must be undertaken before the beginning of each following class. These usually consist in pre-recorded videos and/or selected reference materials.

The Course strikes a balance between theory and practice and is delivered through a participatory and creative teaching methodology, aimed at facilitating the learning process and implementing the knowledge gained throughout the training. Sessions include lectures, presentations, case studies, group work, audio-visual support, and other activities, which respond to the various learning styles of a diversified audience.

Speakers delivering the sessions consist of United Nations Officials and other experts on refugee protection from around the world.

Application deadline, Scholarships opportunities and Official Certificate

Candidates are invited to register to the Course by 22 February 2021.

A limited number of scholarships is available for the Online Course and cannot therefore be guaranteed purely by application. Scholarships will depend upon funds available to the Institute thanks to the kind contribution of our donors. To apply for a scholarship, you must detail so in the dedicated field in the Registration Form.

Please note that the official Certificate of completion will be awarded only to who attends the Course in full, including participation in live and self-paced sessions, and completion of assignments.

Administrative Information

Participation quota amounts to € 450. It must be remitted before the start of the Course by bank transfer. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted on the website of the Institute.

Queries on the Course registration and administrative questions should be directed to refugee.department@iihl.org.

Technical Information

The Online Courses of the Institute are hosted on the IIHL Learning Platform