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Summer School on Migration and Human Rights, 10-14 July 2023, Rome (Italy) - Deadline for application: 27 June 2023

Migration and Human Rights photo Dimitris Tosidis Reuters


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 2021 the number of 89.3 million people, with above 1 per cent of the world population – or 1 in 88 people – being forcibly displaced worldwide, either within the borders of their States or abroad. Among those forcibly displaced, internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached the number of 53.2 million and refugees are at over 27.1 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 eighth 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 theoretical lectures, 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.

Attending the course in person at the JCU’s beautiful campus in the heart of Rome, 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


10-14 July 2023


Rome (Italy), John Cabot University Campus


Course deadlines

Application deadline

27 June 2023

Confirmation of acceptance

28 June 2023

Payment deadline

2 July 2023


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 2022/23 academic year will also be considered.

2. Course Methodology

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.

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.

3. How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form - and a scanned copy of your valid passport - to by 27 June 2023.
  • Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, within 1 week following receipt of the application, and no later than 28 June 2023.
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, and no later than 2 July 2023 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment via E-mail to

Download the Application form

4. Applicants requiring a VISA (IMPORTANT)

Those applicants requiring a VISA are suggested to submit an early application (preferably by 30 April 2023) 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 can be held accountable in case of VISA refusal.

5. Registration Fees

1,100 US Dollars

Registration fees includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course material

6. Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of a participant cancellation for any reason, including VISA denial, registration fees will not be refunded.

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, 7 July 2023 from 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Check-out: Saturday, 15 July 2023 by 12:00pm (noon)

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.


Application Deadline: 15 May 2023

Payment Deadline: 1 June 2023

How to apply

Participants duly enrolled in the Summer School can apply for accommodation by accessing JCU Program Application Portal:

Please enter the 'Program code': UNICRISUM2023 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 2023. In the event of a participant cancellation after 15 June 2023 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: (please indicate “Migration” in the subject of the email)

Tel: (+39) 011 6537111

Photo credits: @Dimitris Tosidis/Reuters