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Summer School on Migration and Human Rights, hybrid format 11-15 July 2022 (Deadline for application 29 June 2022)

@Louisa Gouliamaki IRIN Migrants

 

International migration and mobility are global growing phenomena involving more and more often mixed migration flows and triggering new challenges in the areas of security and human rights, just to mention a few. Analysing migration as a crosscutting topic and considering the perspectives of both migrants and States as well as other fundamental actors in the system of global governance is crucial for the development and implementation of national policies compliant with international human rights, migration, asylum, trafficking and labour standards. According to the International Migrant Stock 2020, a dataset released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), international migrants globally reached an estimated 281 million in 2020 (that is, 3,6% of the world’s population), an increase of 60 million since 2010. As reported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), global displacement continues to grow and reached at the end of 2020 the number of 82.4 million people, with above 1 per cent of the world population – or 1 in 95 people – being forcibly displaced worldwide, either within the borders of their States of abroad. Among those forcibly displaced, internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached the number of 48 million and refugees are at over 26 million.

Although there are numerous international legal instruments in place to ensure the protection of human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and trafficking victims, violations frequently occur. Indeed, despite the potential significant benefits of migration, economic migrants, smuggled migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and victims of trafficking remain among the most vulnerable members of society and are exposed to discrimination, abuse, and exploitation by a number of actors, including transnational organized-crime networks and terrorist organizations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, Target 7 a pledge by United Nations’ Member States to “Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies”. Moreover, the adoption in 2018 of two Global Compacts, respectively, on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and on Refugees is a clear indicator of the relevance of international migration in the system of global governance.

With these considerations in mind, UNICRI, in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), will deliver the seventh edition of the Summer School on Migration and Human Rights, a one-week course shedding light on current issues related to international migration. Participants will be guided into the understanding of a variety of concepts and topics and will be engaged in discussing issues related, amongst others, to:

  • International migration, trafficking and asylum laws
  • Internally displaced persons
  • Irregular migration: balancing human rights and security
  • Irregular migration by sea
  • Migration and rural development
  • Right to health for migrants and refugees
  • Migration and the challenge of religious pluralism
  • Migration, development, and integration
  • Global displacement

The Summer School offers professional, legal, social, scientific and academic perspectives through live webinars, group discussions, dynamic case studies, individual readings, 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.

Whether attending the course in person at the JCU’s beautiful campus in the heart of Rome, or through a dedicated online platform, participants will have the opportunity to interact with international recognized experts and peers from all over the world, to exchange view and opinions and build lasting professional relationships. This experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of some of the world’s most complex and debated issues.

 

Relevant information

Course calendar

Dates

      11-15 July 2022

Venue

       Rome (Italy), John Cabot University Campus

       or Online

Course deadlines

Application deadline

       29 June 2022

Confirmation of acceptance

       30 June 2022

Payment deadline

        2 July 2022

 

1. Entry requirements

The course is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science and other relevant disciplines. It is also addressed to young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of current human rights issues affecting migrants. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a three-year university degree issued by an internationally recognized university in one of the aforementioned areas; and
  • Have a very good working knowledge of English.

Applications from students who expect to graduate at the end of the 2021/22 academic year will also be considered.

 

2. Course Methodology

The Summer School adopts a hybrid model of learning, which allows participants to attend lectures either in person or virtually through their own device, so as to adjust to individual needs and accommodate social distancing requirements.

Classes will be delivered live at JCU for those participants on-site and will be streamed for those connected remotely. Special attention will be devoted to ensuring synchronous and seamless interaction with and amongst instructors and participants, both online and in class.

In-person modality

Classes are held at John Cabot University Campus in Rome (Italy), from Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm CEST.

COVID 19-related special notice: UNICRI and JCU will take all necessary measures, as mandated by the Italian or local government as well as the JCU Campus administration, to ensure safety of participants, faculty and staff during the delivery of classes. This may necessitate appropriate measures to ensure safe social distancing, including the possibility of splitting students into two classrooms and the use of technology. Unless otherwise mandated by the authorities noted above, the Summer School will be delivered as planned.

Please check latest updates on Covid-19 by visiting the dedicated John Cabot University webpage.

Quarantine requirements: Foreign applicants are invited to check the entry conditions into the Italian territory applicable to their individual situation and to carefully consider quarantine requirements when planning for their participation to the Summer School, through the website and questionnaire made available by the Italian Government at https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html

Absences due to insufficient planning will not be considered justified and will not entitle to the award of the certificate, to refunds or reductions of the tuition fee.

Online modality

Classes will be streamed via a dedicated online platform. Participants need a computer (recommended) or a mobile device with audio and video capabilities, a headset with microphone to connect to the audio through the computer or mobile device, as well as a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing audio through the computer. No special software is required. Upon acceptance to the course, participants will be provided with the information to access the platform. Classes will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm CEST from Monday to Friday. Kindly note that recordings of classes will be available upon request. Online participants are expected to adjust their schedules to fully participate in the classes irrespective of the time zones they are in.

 

3. How to apply
  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form to unicri.courses@un.org by 29 June 2022.
  • Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, within 5 working days following receipt of the application, and no later than by 30 June 2022.
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than by 2 July 2022 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment via E-mail to unicri.courses@un.org).

Download the Application form (please specify if you are applying for the in-person or online format by ticking the dedicated box in the form).

 

 
 
4. Applicants requiring a VISA (IMPORTANT)

Those applicants requiring a VISA are suggested to submit an early application (preferably by 20 May 2022) and to notify the Summer School’s Administrative Office of this circumstance. The VISA shall be issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Authorities in the countries of nationality or residence of participants. Please consider that issuance of a VISA by Italian Embassies and Consulates takes approximately 30 days. Neither UNICRI nor JCU cannot be held accountable in case of VISA refusal.

 
5. Registration Fees

In-person modality: 1,000 US Dollars.

Online modality: 800 US Dollars.

Registration fees includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course material
  • Lectures’ recordings (upon request)

 

6. Cancellation and Refunds

As per our general policy, in the case of cancellation of your participation, registration fees will not be refunded for any reason. However, in the light of the current exceptional circumstances the following arrangements have been made.

Inability to attend the Summer School because of Covid-19

Participants unable to attend (in-person or online) the entire programme due to a Covid-19 positive test result of the participant or accompanying spouse/registered partner/children/parents, will be granted, upon submission of adequate medical evidence, the following option:

  1. Full refund of the registration fees by UNICRI or
  2. The possibility to convert the in-person attendance to online participation. In this case the excess fee of USD 200 will be reimbursed by UNICRI.
Unforeseen travel restrictions

Participants unable to attend the programme in-person due to travel restrictions introduced after the payment of fees, will have the possibility to opt for:

  1. Full refund of the registration fees by UNICRI or
  2. The possibility to convert the in-person attendance to online participation. In this case the excess fee of USD 200 will be reimbursed by UNICRI.
 
7. Accommodation

Accommodation is available as follows:

Double/Triple room – 8-night accommodation at the John Cabot University's Lungara Apartments.

Check-in and check-out:

  • Check-in: Friday, 8 July 2022 from 9.00am to 6.00pm
  • Check-out: Saturday, 16 July 2022 from 8.00am to 6.00pm

Check-in out of this time frames is not permitted. Check-in on Saturday and Sunday is not permitted. On an exceptional basis check-in on Saturday will be allowed only upon request and approval. Please do not purchase any flight/train ticket before receiving the approval of the Summer Course Administrative Office.

Check-out out of this time frames is not permitted, and there is no option to extend the stay at the end of the programme.

Deadlines

Application Deadline: 15 May 2022

Payment Deadline: 1 June 2022

How to apply

Participants duly enrolled in the Summer School can apply for accommodation by accessing JCU Program Application Portal: https://students.johncabot.edu/register/program

Please enter the 'Program code': UNICRISUM2022 to complete the registration before submitting the housing application online.

The UNICRI Administrative Office will assist participants in all practical issues related to their staying in Rome.

Accommodation Fees

  • 250 Euro per person

Prices are intended for double/triple rooms in shared apartments. All costs shall be paid in advance upon registering online (further information on the registration process will be provided by the Organizers via email upon acceptance to the Summer Course).

Cancellation and refund: please note that refund of accommodation fees is granted only to those participants submitting this request to JCU Housing Office by 15 June 2022. In the event of a participant cancellation after 15 June 2022 for any reason, including VISA denial and health issues, accommodation fees will not be refunded.

 

8. Certificate of participation

Upon attendance of the whole programme of the Summer School, participants will receive a certificate of participation jointly released by the United Nations and John Cabot University. For the purpose of issuing the certificate of participation, the Organizers will exercise their discretion in the case of absence(s) due to serious reasons.

 
9. Contacts

Email: unicri.courses@un.org (please indicate “Migration” in the subject of the email)

Tel: (+39) 011 6537157 or (+39) 011 6537111