2022 Summer School on Migration and Human Rights - UNICRI

Deadline: June 29, 2022

Program Starts: July 11, 2022

Program Ends: July 15, 2022


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Rome, Online


UNICRI in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), will deliver the seventh edition of the Summer School on Migration and Human Rights, a one-week course shedding light on current issues related to international migration.

Join us in Rome from 11 to 15 July 2022.


International migration and mobility are global growing phenomena involving more and more often mixed migration flows and triggering new challenges in the areas of security and human rights, just to mention a few. Analysing migration as a crosscutting topic and considering the perspectives of both migrants and States as well as other fundamental actors in the system of global governance is crucial for the development and implementation of national policies compliant with international human rights, migration, asylum, trafficking and labour standards. According to the International Migrant Stock 2020, a dataset released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), international migrants globally reached an estimated 281 million in 2020 (that is, 3,6% of the world’s population), an increase of 60 million since 2010. As reported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), global displacement continues to grow and reached at the end of 2020 the number of 82.4 million people, with above 1 per cent of the world population – or 1 in 95 people – being forcibly displaced worldwide, either within the borders of their States of abroad. Among those forcibly displaced, internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached the number of 48 million and refugees are at over 26 million.

Although there are numerous international legal instruments in place to ensure the protection of human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and trafficking victims, violations frequently occur. Indeed, despite the potential significant benefits of migration, economic migrants, smuggled migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and victims of trafficking remain among the most vulnerable members of society and are exposed to discrimination, abuse, and exploitation by a number of actors, including transnational organized-crime networks and terrorist organizations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, Target 7 a pledge by United Nations’ Member States to “Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies”. Moreover, the adoption in 2018 of two Global Compacts, respectively, on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and on Refugees is a clear indicator of the relevance of international migration in the system of global governance.

With these considerations in mind, UNICRI, in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), will deliver the seventh edition of the Summer School on Migration and Human Rights, a one-week course shedding light on current issues related to international migration. Participants will be guided into the understanding of a variety of concepts and topics and will be engaged in discussing issues related, amongst others, to:

  • International migration, trafficking and asylum laws
  • 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
  • Migration, development, and integration
  • Global displacement

The Summer School offers professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives through live webinars, group discussions, dynamic case studies, individual readings, and practical exercises. The faculty of the Summer School 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.

Whether attending the course in person at the JCU’s beautiful campus in the heart of Rome, or through a dedicated online platform, participants will have the opportunity to interact with international recognized experts and peers from all over the world, to exchange view and opinions and build lasting professional relationships. This experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of some of the world’s most complex and debated issues.

Course methodology

The Summer School adopts a hybrid model of learning, which allows participants to attend lectures either in person or virtually through their own device, so as to adjust to individual needs and accommodate social distancing requirements.

Classes will be delivered live at JCU for those participants on-site and will be streamed for those connected remotely. Special attention will be devoted to ensuring synchronous and seamless interaction with and amongst instructors and participants, both online and in class.

How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form to unicri.courses@un.org by 29 June 2022.
  • 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 30 June 2022.
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than by 2 July 2022 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment via E-mail to unicri.courses@un.org).

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Description of Ideal Candidate

Entry requirements

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 affecting migrants. 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; and
  • Have a very good working knowledge of English.

Applications from students who expect to graduate at the end of the 2021/22 academic year will also be considered.


Deadline: June 29, 2022

Program starts:

July 11, 2022

Program ends:

July 15, 2022

Program Starts: July 11, 2022

Program Ends: July 15, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

Registration Fees

  • In-person modality: 1,000 US Dollars.
  • Online modality: 800 US Dollars.

Registration fees includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course material
  • Lectures’ recordings (upon request)

Certificate of participation

Upon attendance of the whole programme of the Summer School, participants will receive a certificate of participation jointly released by the United Nations and John Cabot University. For the purpose of issuing the certificate of participation, the Organizers will exercise their discretion in the case of absence(s) due to serious reasons.

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