Enhancing the knowledge and skills of government officials and civil society engaged in the protection of refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people, and migrants are at the forefront of the Department’s work. Through its training, capacity-building, and horizontal sharing of experiences, the Department advocates for the safeguarding of human rights in a way that complements and adds to the efforts of donors in the field of protection of those who are most vulnerable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has steered the redesigning of the Department’s training programme into an innovative digital format. The online courses are now hosted in the Institute’s Online Learning Platform, customized according to participants’ needs, to ensure a quality training experience.
International Refugee Law
The course on International Refugee Law explores the key aspects of the international protection of refugees, ranging from the analysis of the law and its complementarity with other bodies of law to the different displacement phases and durable solutions. Additional issues, such as the challenges faced by uprooted persons in urban contexts are further analysed in the Thematic Course on Protecting Refugees in Urban Settings, while the course on Teaching Refugee Law examines the latest learning methodologies, with a focus on the design and delivery of online training on Refugee Law.
The course on Statelessness responds to the need of increased knowledge and capacity to prevent, reduce and resolve statelessness and to protect stateless persons worldwide. The curricula of the course dives into the causes and impacts of statelessness, the overview of stateless populations around the world, including stateless children, and the interrelation between statelessness and forced displacement.
The courses on Internal Displacement cover the key components of the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout their displacement cycle. International norms are analyzed with the aim of better understanding the causes and consequences of internal displacement, its current global trends, the protection risks faced, and the search and implementation of durable and sustainable solutions.
The courses on International Migration Law present the most relevant aspects of the migration phenomenon from different angles. The complex nature of today’s migratory phenomenon is analyzed, including trends, causes, journeys and associated risks, integration in the country of destination, and return and reintegration in the country of origin.
Advocacy for Protection
The recently developed courses on Advocacy for Protection present the key elements for supporting the transformation of policies, services and public perceptions of refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people and migrants, with a focus on cross-cutting issues, such as awareness-raising, media, and journalism.Concurrently, the Course on Refugee Law for Journalists highlights strategies and recommendations for inclusive media policies, which respect uprooted persons and impartially expose events to governments and publics at large.
The Department’s activities are possible thanks to the contribution and support of the following donors: