Courses: Summer School in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration, 20 Jul.-14 Aug. 2015, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



20 July – 14 August 2015

Humboldt Summer University (HUWISU), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Applications are invited for this year’s Summer School in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration to be held at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

This course examines the protection regime pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and stateless persons. It gives special attention to the evolving set of legal norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community’s resolve to protect refugees and other forced migrants.

Course Content

The course begins with an introduction to the international human rights and refugee protection regimes. It then continues with a historical perspective of the pre-United Nations initiatives to protect refugees and introduces the normative ethics and politics of refugee protection. That is followed by an analysis of both the legal and institutional pillars of the refugee regime, i.e. of the refugee definitions captured in various international instruments and of the protected granted by the UNHCR. The regional refugee regimes are then examined, specifically those developed in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Last but not least, the course will review the protection of IDPs and of stateless persons. Throughout the course, case studies will be used so that students can translate into practice the legal instruments, theoretical concepts, and doctrine that they have learned.

The course program is available at:

Class size, credits, and certificate

The class size will amount up to 18 participants. Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 4 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Upon request a transcript of records can be issued.

Student profile

Participants must be at least 18 years old and possess a very good command of the English language as teaching is conducted in English (English: B2 – proof will be required). This course is destined to undergraduate law students and/or students with a strong interest in the topic.


Dr José H. Fischel de Andrade is a Senior Legal Officer with the UNHCR and UNHCR-designated judge at the French National Court of Asylum (CNDA). He also teaches at the University of Milano, the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas), the Paris Institut d’études politiques (Science-Po), and the Strasbourg-based International Institute of Human Rights. For further information please visit:

Course structure

The course is composed of academic lessons and cultural and social activities. Lessons comprise lectures, group work, and discussion sessions. Participants will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes). The lessons are held three times a week :
Tuesday 1.30pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 5pm
Wednesday 1.30pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 5pm
Friday 9am – 10.30am and 11am – 11.45am

Regarding the cultural and social activities, a guided tour and visit of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), theatre and/or museum visits and a sightseeing tour Berlin/Potsdam are planned.


585.00 Euro
– Alumni discounts: 50.00 Euro


Deadline: 1 June 2015, or when participant quota is reached.

For further information please visit our website or contact the coordinator Pierre Steuer:

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