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20th Refugee Law Course

6-10 November 2001

Every year, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) and with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for Refugees and the USA Government, the IIHL organises courses on international refugee law. Working language is English.

The objectives of the course are:

* to promote and disseminate the knowledge of international and regional instruments on the protection of refugees and displaced persons;
* to improve and harmonize their practical application and implementation at national level;
* to train government and NGO officials responsible for the organisation of national refugee law courses.

In order to improve the profile of the course, which should reflect new necessities and demands, the programme does not concentrate only on general subjects of refugee law, but addresses specific topics, chosen among the most current and stimulating ones, such as the detention of asylum seekers and refugees, the 'exclusion clause', agents of persecution, temporary protection, gender-based violence, protection in situations of mass-influx.

The profile of the course requires a good selection of participants who are requested to have basic knowledge of refugee law, besides consolidated experience in dealing with practical refugee matters. The exchange of national experience and knowledge is also one of the aims of the course. The course programme includes some introductory lectures on specific topics, given by academics and experts from governments, international organisations and Institutes. The same topics are developed through the discussion of case studies, with participants divided in workshops. A detailed programme is available at the IIHL web site.

Level: professional

Location: San Remo, Italy

Participants: The course is open to government officials and NGO personnel responsible for and involved in the protection of refugees and displaced persons.

Tuition, fee, lodging: Participants, selected by governments and NGOs, will attend at their own expense and are expected to have a basic knowledge of international refugee law. General information on hotel rates and transportation can be obtained from the secretariat of the Institute.

Contact Information:
International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL)
Villa Ormond
Corso Cavallotti 113
18038 San Remo
Tel. +39 0184 541848
Fax +39 0184 541600

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