EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies

30 October-10 December 2019 (E07619) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructors: Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Vincent Chetail

Composed of 28 Member States that were traditionally sending countries, but which have become key destinations for migrants and refugees from all over the world in the past half century, the EU is one of the central players in the international community in terms of migration and asylum legislation and policies. The last few years have also seen the resurgence of emigration flows from some EU Member States into other countries and regions in the world. This is coupled with the creation of an Internal Market where free movement of EU citizens in ensured and the establishment of an area of freedom, security and justice whose external borders are jointly controlled.

A number of complex policies and legislation have therefore been adopted in order to address these phenomena while cooperating with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum. For those living and working outside the EU, understanding its migration system can be a true challenge. This course will focus on the various aspects of EU immigration and asylum law, in particular: institutional aspects; the development of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS); policies on legal migration, including admission of immigrants for labour migration; the rights of third-country nationals in the EU, and their integration in European societies; irregular migration, and measures to combat it; border controls and border security; the external dimension of EU action, including relations with third countries in the fields of return of irregular migrants, readmission agreements and the protection of asylum seekers and refugees.

Course structure

The course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and the instructors, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a six-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to EU Policy and Legislation on Immigration
Week 2. Admission of Third-Country Nationals to the EU
Week 3. Rights and Integration of Third-Country Nationals
Week 4. EU Asylum Law
Week 5. Borders in the EU: Visas, Carrier Sanctions & Frontex Operations
Week 6. Irregular Migration in the EU

About the instructor:  Diego Acosta Arcarazo

Diego AcostaDiego Acosta Arcarazo is a Senior Lecturer in European and Migration Law at the University of Bristol. He was previously Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield and holds a PhD in European Law from Kings College London. His area of expertise is EU Migration Law and he is currently interested in migration law and policies in South America and in the process of construction of a South American citizenship. He is regularly invited to present his work at international conferences and has provided consultancy on the subject for the European Union, the International Centre on Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) or Brazil’s Ministry of Labour among others.

He has published widely in the area of European Migration Law, including his book: The Long-Term Residence Status as a Subsidiary Form of EU Citizenship. An Analysis of Directive 2003/109 (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011). He has also co-edited three other books: Global Migration. Old Assumptions, New Dynamics (Praeger, 2015, with Anja Wiesbrock); EU Justice and Security Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm (Hart, 2014, with Cian Murphy); and EU Immigration and Asylum Text and Commentary (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012, with Peers, Guild, Groenendijk and Moreno-Lax). His work has appeared in the most important journals in the area including the International Migration Review, European Law Review, European Law Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies and The European Journal of Migration and Law.

About the instructor: Vincent Chetail

Dr. Vincent Chetail is the founding Director of the Global Migration Centre and Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is member of the Directory Board of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and, from 2004 to 2012, was Research Director of the Geneva Academy. Professor Chetail is a leading expert on migration, a field in which he has published 16 books and over 50 articles, book chapters and reports. He has launched and supervised 20 research projects on various topical issues related to migration from both a policy and academic perspective. Professor Chetail is Editor-in-Chief of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press), General Editor of the book series Theory and Practice of Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston) and Organisation internationale et relations internationales (Bruylant, Brussels), as well as a member of several editorial boards (including the European Journal of Human Rights and the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies).

Who should apply

The course is aimed at EU policy makers; MEPs assistants; staff members of European think tanks; national authorities of EU and non-EU countries dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social science. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 345 (after 1 September 2019: € 405); tuition for auditors€ 135 (€ 165 after 1 September 2019). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

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