Courses: CESI International Summer School on Refugee Law – Western Balkans in focus, Sarajevo, July 2015

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The Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI) of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo

Invites you to register for the International Summer School on Refugee Law – Western Balkans in focus, with Professor Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond

Date: 6-16th of July, 2015

University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the last decade countries of Western Balkans, including Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia have been transformed from refugee producing countries to host countries for asylum-seekers and refugees. Moreover, due to ongoing wars and prolonged hostilities in Syria and other parts of the world, it is expected that the number of persons seeking an international protection in the region will grow, thus making further development of the three countries asylum systems an important task.

This year’s International Summer School on refugee law and refugee rights will offer a specific focus on the refugee law and asylum rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. We aim to gather students from different countries with social sciences background, NGO workers and activists to discuss the current challenges of access to international refugee protection in the countries of the Western Balkans, and the responsibilities of both citizens and the state towards them.

The Summer School will employ an interactive learning environment using documentary films and open discussions enabling participants to both contribute to and gain an in-depth knowledge of asylum adjudication procedures, reception and integration policies.

Our training program will cover the following modules:
•       Assessment of 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol
•       The Relevance of International Human Rights Law to Flight from Persecution
•       UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection: “Membership of a particular social group” within the context of Article 1A(2).
•       Assessment of the Female Genital Cutting debate in Africa
•       Convention on the Rights of the Child: Unaccompanied Minor/Separated Children
•       UNHCR Guidance Note on Refugee Claims Relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
•       Statelessness
•       The ethics of Refugee Law
•       Psycho-Social Issues: Medical Evidence in Asylum and Human Rights Appeals
•       Use of Country of origin Information assessment
•       Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures
•       Establishment and development of Asylum systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Reception and integration of Refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Detention in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Transit migration, readmission and irregular migration in the Western Balkans
•       UNHCR Guidelines on the Application in Mass Influx Situations of the Exclusion Clauses
•       Internal Protection/Relocation/Flight Alternatives
•       Providing Legal Aid to Refugees: Starting a Refugee Legal Aid Clinic?

Instructors at the course are experienced and committed lawyers, scholars, practitioners and activists in the field that will bring a comparative and locally focused perspective to the international protection debate. They are led by Professor Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond, being with us for the third time, supporting CESI work and helping the development of the refugee studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina/ WB region, Nedim Kulenović, doctoral candidate and a lawyer at the Association “Vaša prava Bosnia and Herzegovina”, providing free legal aid in the sector for international protection, Radoš Đurović, LL.M International Law, Belgrade University, Asylum Protection Center-APC, Belgrade, Serbia, Drago Župarić-Iljić, Junior Research Assistant at the institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia, Victoria Smythies, Juris Doctorate, LL.M. International Law, University of Vienna, Grants writer, British Red Cross , Gabriel Bonis, MA, International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London, Refugee Caseworker, British Red Cross and Dr. Selma Porobić , CESI director and forced migration scholar.

The school is open to students from all social sciences backgrounds with admission fee of 500Euros/with considerable discount offered to the participants from the WB region, covering school programme with materials, supervision, tutoring, certificate of participation, food and beverage during the 10-days long training and activities.

CESI invites you to conduct the registration for the ISS 2015 by sending your letter of interest and CV by 1st of June, 2015 by email to

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