Short Course: International Refugee Law


What is a refugee, a migrant or an internally displaced person? Who is entitled to protection under international law? What is the legal framework currently applicable to those fleeing states affected by armed conflicts like Syria, Libya, Iraq or Afghanistan? What are the related obligations of European states? This course analyzes the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law. It also analyzes the definition of refugee under both the 1951 Geneva Convention and the Common European Asylum System, the key principle of non-refoulement as well as asylum procedures. Particular attention is dedicated to the case law of State Parties to the 1951 Geneva Convention.


This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.


  • Friday 13 January, 15:30- 18:00
  • Friday 20 January, 15:30- 18:00
  • Friday 27 January, 15:30- 18:00
  • Friday 3 February, 15:30- 18:00
  • Friday 10 February, 15:30- 18:00


Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).


Applications for individual courses must be submitted via the online form.


  • An application letter, stating the specific course you are applying for and your motivation for participation
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Copies of relevant degrees and diplomas
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.


Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva


Tram 15, Direction Nations – tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique – bus stop Sécheron


Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email

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