Summer Course on Migration and Human Rights
International migration is a growing phenomenon involving the international community as a whole and engaging Member States in the protection of human rights. Analyzing migration as a crosscutting topic and understanding the challenges faced both by migrants and Member States is crucial for the development and implementation of national policies compliant with international human rights standards. According to the International Migrant Stock 2019, a dataset released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), international migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million in 2019, an increase of 51 million since 2010.
Although there are numerous international legal instruments in place to ensure the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees, violations of these rights widely occur. Indeed, despite the significant benefits of migration, migrants remain among the most vulnerable members of society and are exposed to discrimination, abuse and exploitation by transnational organized-crime networks.
In target 10.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States pledge to “Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies”. This is a clear indicator of the major relevance recognized to international migration by the Agenda 2030.
With these considerations in mind, UNICRI, in cooperation with John Cabot University, will deliver the fifth edition of the Summer Course on Migration and Human Rights, a one-week intensive course shedding light on current issues related to international migration. More specifically, the curriculum of the course focuses on:
- International migration, trafficking and asylum law
- The Rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Fostering Children’s Resilience
- Internally displaced persons
- Irregular migration: balancing human rights and security
- Irregular migration by sea
- Migration and rural development
- Right to Health for Migrants and Refugees
- Migration and the challenge of religious pluralism
- Decent Work for Migrants and Refugees
- Global displacement
The Summer Course offers professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives through theoretical lectures, roundtable discussions, dynamic case studies, and practical exercises. The faculty of the Summer Course is composed of leading scholars and academics from John Cabot and other universities, representatives of the United Nations system, international human rights bodies and the civil society.
In this unique learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to interact with international recognized experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from all over the world. This intense experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of some of the world’s most complex and debated issues.
The course is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science and other relevant disciplines.
It is also addressed to young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of current human rights issues.
Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a three-year university degree issued by an internationally recognized university in one of the aforementioned areas;
- Have a very good working knowledge of English.
Applications from students who expect to graduate at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year will also be considered.
Certificate of participation
Upon attendance of all the lectures and completion of the course, participants will receive a United Nations and John Cabot University certificate of participation. A participant who misses one or more classes will not receive the certificate of participation. Absence grounded on serious reasons might be considered at discretion of the Organizers.
Accommodation is available as follows:
Double/Triple room – 7-night accommodation at the John Cabot University's Lungara Apartments.
Students interested in booking accommodation at John Cabot University are kindly invited to fill-in the related section (Section G) in the application form within the deadlines hereunder. The UNICRI Administrative Office will assist students in all practical issues related to their staying in Rome.
Accommodation Fees: 250 Euro per person
Prices are intended for double/triple rooms in shared apartments. All costs shall be paid in advance upon registering online (further information on the registration process will be provided by the Organizers via email upon acceptance to the Summer Course).
Accommodation Application Deadline: 31 May 2020
Students interested in requesting accommodation at John Cabot University are kindly invited to fill-in the related section (Section G) in the application form, as the availability of rooms may vary depending on the number of requests received. The UNICRI Administrative Office will assist students in all practical issues related to their staying in Rome.
Accommodation Payment Deadline: 15 June 2020
Please note that refund of accommodation fees is granted only to those participants submitting this request to JCU Housing Office by 30 June 2020. In the event of a participant cancellation after 30 June 2020 for any reason, including VISA denial and health issues, accommodation fees will not be refunded.
Check-in and check-out:
• Check-in: Friday 10 July 2020 from 9.00am to 6.00pm • Check-out: Friday 17 July 2020 from 8.00am to 6.00pm
Check-in out of this time frames is not permitted. Check-in on Saturday and Sunday is not permitted. On an exceptional basis check-in on Saturday will be allowed only upon request and approval. Please do not purchase any flight/train ticket before receiving the approval of the Summer Course Administrative Office.
Check-out out of this time frames is not permitted, and there is no option to extend the stay at the end of the programme.
How to apply
- Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be donwloaded here, to email@example.com by 1 July 2020.
- Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, within 5 working days following receipt of the application, and no later than by 2 July 2020.
- Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than by 7 July 2020 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Early Bird Applicants
- Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be donwloaded here, to email@example.com by 31 March 2020.
- Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, within 5 working days following receipt of the application, and no later than 1 April 2020.
- Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than 8 April 2020 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Email: email@example.com (please indicate “Migration” in the subject of the email)
Tel: (+39) 011 6537 195