Sanremo, 24-28 September 2018

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 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. 

Please note that participants are selected directly by the co-organizers. 

Topics to be covered during the Course include:

  • Overview of International Migration Law and its Main Instruments
  • Migration Terminology
  • Authority and Responsibility of States: Nationality, Admission, Stay, Detention, Expulsion
  • Rights and Obligations of Migrants
  • Smuggling and Trafficking
  • Labour Migration
  • Migration and Security
  • Forced Migration
  • Developments in International Cooperation and
  • Regional Legal Frameworks Governing 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.

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    Administrative information
    Participation quota amounts to € 900. It must be remitted before the start of the course by bank transfer or, at the latest, upon arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted either on the website or at the Institute.  

    Please consult the FAQs for further information. 

    Queries on the course registration and administrative questions should be directed to Ms Patricia Panizzi at:

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