International migration law course

Sanremo, 25-29 September 2017


The Course is organised by the International Migration Law and Legal Affairs Department (IML) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL). The five-day Basic Course on International Migration Law (IML) is designed for government officials, academia, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as members of the civil society. It will focus on the international legal framework governing migration, including the rights and responsibilities of States and migrants. The key objective of this Course is to raise the awareness of government officials and those working in the migration context of the importance of international legal instruments in the management of migration.

The Course will be conducted in English and open to a maximum of 50 participants. Topics to be covered during the Course include:

  • Migration key concepts
  • Overview of the legal framework related to migration
  • International standards
  • International Labour Law and protection of non-nationals
  • Law of the sea and migration
  • Migrants’ rights
  • Rights-based approach to migration policies
  • Trafficking and smuggling of persons 
  • Principles on entry and exit
  • Reception conditions
  • Detention and alternatives to detention
  • Protection of migrant children and persons with specific needs
  • Forced migration (refugees and internally displaced persons)
  • Public and private partnerships on migration

The Course will include lectures, case studies, and practical exercises led by experts in international migration law. Lectures will highlight key legal issues in migration management at the international and national levels. The participants will discuss migration law issues and explore legal solutions to current migration challenges. Case studies will provide participants with the opportunity to use their acquired knowledge and enable them to suggest responses to real life situations in accordance with IML. During the Course, IOM will provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of the instruments related to rights and obligations of migrants and States.

The Course will enable government officials to apply in their daily work the international instruments their countries have ratified as well as relevant principles deriving from customary law. Staff from international and non-governmental organizations and civil society groups will be able to use the acquired knowledge in their work, particularly where the rights of migrants are concerned. Persons working for the media will be provided with useful background knowledge for their research and reporting activities. The Course also aims to facilitate the development of partnerships between governments and civil society. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon successful completion of the Course.

Administrative information

The Course will be conducted in English. It is essential that participants have a good command of English in order to be able to consult working documents and to follow the lectures. Course fee is €900. Please note that participants are selected directly by the co-organizers. You can find more information Flyer 2017.

Cancellation policy

Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received in excess of 14 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur no liabilities except for bank charges.

Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received within 8 to 14 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 50% of the fee.

Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received within 7 days prior to the start date or after the commencement of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 100% of the fee.

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