4th Online Course on Advocacy for Protection

8 – 26 July 2024

Live sessions of the Course will be held from 1.00 am to 3.00 pm, Rome time. Please click here to check your time zone. 

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The Course on Advocacy for Protection presents the key elements for supporting the transformation of policies public perception of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless people and migrants. Based on the main protection principles deriving from International Refugee Law, Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, the Course assesses challenges and opportunities related to given protection situations and identifies relevant stakeholders towards which advocacy interventions can be addressed. To make sure that advocacy efforts are effective and sustainable, specific focus is also dedicated to practical sessions on protection analysis, advocacy strategies design and message crafting.

Overall objectives
  • Increase participants’ knowledge on the international legal framework for the protection of refugees, IDPs, stateless people and migrants.
  • Strengthen participants’ ability to identify gaps in policies, perceptions and planning related to specific protection situations.
  • Empower participants to identify protection challenges and the relevant stakeholders influencing decision-making processes and perceptions at local, national, regional and international levels.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge and skills on how to conduct efficient advocacy interventions drawing on the above-mentioned gaps and identified stakeholders.
Target audience

The Course is guided by a bottom-up approach, and therefore targets members of non-governmental and civil society organizations, including grass roots and field-based entities, academics and journalists. The training also addresses other relevant stakeholders in a position to conduct advocacy interventions with their governments and publics at large. 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).


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 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  exercises,  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 renowned experts on international protection and advocacy from around the world.

Registration form

Registration deadline: 14 June 2024


Queries on the course registration and administrative questions should be directed at

3 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.