Date: 9-11 June 2010

Conference Room A (NLB), UN Headquarters, NY



Efforts to ensure that migration across international borders takes place in a humane and orderly manner can draw on many conventions at the international and regional levels that apply to those involved in the migration process.  However, these instruments are spread across various branches of law (human rights, humanitarian law, migrant workers law, refugee law, law of the sea), and there is no central source where overall information is easily accessible.  Also, little attempt is made to understand the inter-linkages between these instruments.  This dispersion of norms and principles contributes to the widespread belief that there are gaps in the protection of migrants and/or regulation of migration at the international level.

This course is designed to enhance delegates’ knowledge and understanding of the body of law that can be referred to as “international migration law”, which delineates the rights and responsibilities of States as they pertain to international migration and the protection of the human rights of migrants.


Session I Introducing the Issues

International Migration: The importance of Terminology

Defining the Actors and Issues

Authority and Responsability of the States

Session II International Migration Law

Overview of the international legal framework governing migration

Migration Policy and Human Rights

Migrants Women

Migrants Children

Session III Irregular Migration



Session IV Law of the Sea

Law of the Sea and Migration

Readmission Agreements: Their Nature and Effectiveness

Session V Forced Migration

The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

International Refugee Law

Protection of Civilians in Situation of Armed Conflict
Additional Information


Information Note

Working language: English


Contact: Mr. Pierpaolo Capalbo