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June 19 - 30, 2017 (2 weeks)

Course description

The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors, processes and challenges of global and regional migration governance in dialogue with international academic experts and practitioners from pertinent international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva.

Next to lectures on the causes, forms and implications of forced and voluntary migration, the focus will be on the multi-layered governance of international mobility, migrant rights, and refugee protection. Academic lectures will include inputs from different social science disciplines including law, political science, sociology and international relations. Students will learn about the main commonalities and differences in how states regulate the entry and stay of the different categories of international migrants before getting to know the principal structures and regulations addressing these questions at the level of regions and international institutions.

Benefiting from targeted lectures by regional experts and representatives of international organizations, particular emphasis will be put on the role of regional initiatives in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe in interaction with multilateral institutions in promoting international cooperation on migration governance. Herewith, the Summer School directly addresses the agenda laid down by the United Nations' New York Declaration on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees adopted on 19 September 2016.

Learning outcomes:At the end of this course, participants will have a profound understanding of the state of play of international (regional and global) migration policy, politics and law today and will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

Equivalence of 4 ECTS or 6 ECTS (more details under Evaluation).

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.


Participants are evaluated based on a group presentation on the last days of the two-weeks summer school (4 ECTS). Students wanting to acquire 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written within a month after the end of the summer school.

Target Audience

Under or post-graduate diploma holders and professionals who are interested in acquiring solid bases on multi-layered migration governance.

Tuition Fees

Early Bird (March 1st, 2017): 1,500 CHF

Final deadline (May 1st, 2017):  1,900 CHF

UNIGE students: 400 CHF

Schedule & Classes

Coming soon