EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies

28 October-8 December 2015 (E07615) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Deadline for early registration discount: 1 September 2015

Instructors: Dr. Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax

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 6-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: Dr. Diego Acosta Arcarazo

Diego Acosta ArcarazoDr. Diego Acosta Arcarazo holds a PhD in European Law from King’s College, London. His publications include The Long-Term Residence Status as a Subsidiary Form of EU Citizenship. An Analysis of Directive 2003/109 (Brill, 2011) as well as various papers in leading journals and edited collections. He co-authored the 2nd edition of EU Immigration and Asylum Law (Brill, 2012). Dr. Acosta also holds a degree in Law (Madrid), an LLM in European Law (Stockholm) and a DEA in Public International Law (Miami, Madrid). He has interned for the United Nations (New York) and the European Parliament (Brussels) and worked for the Spanish Embassy (Bogotá, Colombia). Before joining the University of Sheffield, he worked as a visiting lecturer and tutor at Kings College and Birkbeck College (University of London). Diego has been invited by several universities in Europe, the United States and Latin America to lecture on the subject of EU Migration Law and Policies and has provided consultancy services for projects for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

About the instructor: Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool and the EU Asylum Law Coordinator at the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London. She has held academic positions at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), the University of Louvain (Belgium), and the College of Europe (Belgium). She was a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford (2010-2012), a researcher at the Centre for Studies and Research of The Hague Academy of International Law (2010), and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), the Free University of Brussels (Belgium), and the European Institute of Public Administration. She has acted as consultant for the European Parliament and the European Commission, and as legal advisor for a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the area of refugee and migrant rights. Her research focuses on the interface between border control, migration management and international protection under EU and international law. She has published in the International Journal of Refugee Law, the European Journal of Migration and Law, Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, and the Human Rights Law Review, among others. Key works include the 2nd edition of EU Immigration and Asylum Law (Brill, 2012), co-authored with Steve Peers, Elspeth Guild, Kees Groenendijk and Diego Acosta, and Human Rights in the Web of Governance, co-edited with Olivier De Schutter (Bruylant, 2010).

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: US$ 495 (after 1 September 2015: US$ 595); tuition for auditors: US$ 195 (US$ 235 after 1 September 2015). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer (additional fee applies) and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

Register for this course (page opens in new window). Early registration and payment deadline: 1 September 2015. However, registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that courses generally fill up quickly!

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