17th Online Course on International Migration Law

14 October – 8 November 2024

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

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The Course presents the key aspects of the migration phenomenon from different angles, including the obligations and concerns of States and the rights and responsibilities of migrants. The workshop includes an analysis of the international legal instruments that relate to migration, as well as the legal framework concerning other categories of persons in need of international protection, such as refugees, victims of trafficking and smuggled persons. The audience has the opportunity to analyse the complex nature of today’s migratory phenomenon, including trends, causes, journeys and associated risks, integration in the country of destination and return and reintegration in the country of origin. The Course studies the key components of migration management and governance, and the link with sustainable development. For this, participants will be exposed to the current developments generated by the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Course will also incorporate the sharing of experiences from participants, which includes governments.

Overall objectives
  • Promote law, principles and policies relating to the protection of migrants and other persons in need of protection;
  • Enhance participants’ skills to develop and apply policies and programmes in conformity with International Law;
  • Strengthen participants’ ability to contribute to the development of effective migration management systems;
  • Encourage the sharing of good practices and experiences among participants and with international experts.
Target audience

The Course is developed primarily to benefit mid- and senior-level government officials involved in the formulation and application of legislation and policies affecting migrant persons. Members of the civil society and the academia, who could positively influence the safeguard of migrants’ rights and advocate for their protection, are also welcomed as participants.


The Online Course is structured in four weeks, with the objective of providing an in-depth analysis of the subject of the training, including cross-cutting issues.

Weeks are composed of two to three live and self-paced sessions:

  • Live sessions are pre-scheduled and usually last 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 of pre-recorded videos, short questionnaires or assignments, 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.

Throughout the training, participants and expert facilitators are able to share best practices and experiences regarding the main topics and issues of the Course.

The Sessions will be delivered by experts working in the field of migration or members of academia from around the world.

Registration form

Registration deadline: 16 September 2024


Queries on the course registration and administrative questions should be directed at admission.unit@iihl.org.

4 weeks
Registration fee:
€ 750
End of course:
Official certificate

Participation quota amounts to € 750. 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.

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.

The course will be conducted in English and reasonable language proficiency is required. There will not be simultaneous translation.

The official Certificate will be awarded only to those who attend the Course in full, including participation in live and self-paced sessions, and completion of assignments.