Post-Graduate Education

Summer School on Migration and Human Rights

Application deadline 25 June 2017

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International migration is a growing phenomenon involving the international community as a whole and engaging Member States in the protection of human rights. Analyzing migration as crosscutting topic and understanding the challenges faced both by migrants and Member States is crucial for the development and implementation of national policies compliant with international human rights standards. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs International Migration Report 2015, approximately 244 million people reside outside their country of origin.

Although there are numerous international legal instruments in place to ensure the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees, violations of these rights widely occur. Indeed, migrants remain among the most vulnerable members of society and are exposed to discrimination, abuse and exploitation by transnational organized-crime networks. During the dangerous journey to cross the borders irregularly, smugglers keep migrants in unsafe and inhumane conditions, and fatalities occur frequently. Conflicts, poverty, persecution, environmental changes, instability and human rights violations are push factors for migration, and migrants head to safer areas where they can potentially express themselves, their religious and political beliefs and seek better economic opportunities.

To shed light on current issues related to migration, UNICRI, in cooperation with John Cabot University, will deliver the second edition of the Summer School on Migration and Human Rights, a one-week intensive course focusing on human rights related to global migration. The training will offer professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives.

The Summer School, which will take place at John Cabot University (Rome, Italy), couples theoretical lectures with roundtable discussions, dynamic case studies, 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, such as:

  • Alberto Cervone - Rear Admiral (ret) Italian Navy
  • Stefania Congia - Head of Department for Policies of Social Inclusion and Employment of Migrants and Protection of Foreign Children, Directorate-General for Immigration and Integration Policies, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Italy
  • Linda Cottone - Associate Expert, Migration, Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Elisenda Estruch Puertas - Labour Economist, Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, Economic and Social Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Pamela Harris - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at John Cabot University
  • Cristina Rapone - Rural Employment Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Pascal Reyntjens - Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Country Office for Algeria
  • Silvia Scarpa - Adjunct assistant Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University
  • UNHCR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (name to be confirmed)

In this unique learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to interact with international recognized experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from all over the world. This intense experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of some of the world’s most complex and debated issues.

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