Summer School 2021

Refugees, migration
and the “new normal”

23-26 August 2021


Monday — Thursday
23 — 26 August, 2021

* Schedule times are given in CET (Central European Time)


- Online
- Zoom Conference Call

Organized by

— Refugee Law and Migration Center at the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty at UKIM

— UNHCR Representation in North Macedonia

— International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy)

Summer School

Refugee Law and Migration Center at the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius-Skopje in collaboration with the UNHCR Mission in Skopje and in cooperation with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, hosts a summer school on Refugee Rights and Migration with a special focus on the topic: Refugees, migration and the “new normal”.

This 3-day intensive course is designed to help participants gain basic and intermediary knowledge about refugee rights and migration and better understand the challenges they encounter within the “new normal”, following the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The course includes introductory and specialized session, a debate, and an afterhours/optional session.

This program is open for participation to all students on undergraduate and postgraduate level, regardless of their previous knowledge on the topic of refugee law and migration. A maximum of 50 participants will be accepted to the program. Details about the application process are listed below. The program will be delivered in English in an online mode /telematics mode via morning and afternoon sessions.



The objective of the summer school is to build the knowledge of participants on Refugee rights and migration, issues faced by people in need of protection, including stateless persons, internally displaced people and migrants, understand the challenges and experiences faced by particular countries amidst mixed migration movements and look beyond the present and local/national perspective.


The program is designed to help students critically reflect on issues related to refugee rights and migration in an interdisciplinary approach during the numerous sessions taught by leading academics and professionals in the field of refugee law and migration.


Students will have the chance to learn from international experts, well-respected academics, and other peers. Students will be able to meet and network with key stakeholders and experts in the field of migration. Students must attend all sessions in order to receive their certification upon completion of the course.

Our Goals

The Summer school of Refugee Rights and Migration aims at:

  • Offering an interdisciplinary, interactive, and experiential course focused on the political, economic, social, and cultural contexts of forced migration;
  • Understanding and analyzing the law, principles and policies relating to international protection;
  • Defining key concepts and the use of correct terminology with regards to refugees, migrants, IDPs and stateless persons;
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of migration-related topics;
  • Understanding of key aspects of national migration policies, regional and international cooperation in migration, integration and obtain knowledge about interculturalism and multiculturalism policies;
  • Raising awareness on the human rights issues faced by refugees and the need for durable solutions;
  • Envisioning the key challenges of the “new normal” times, with a special emphasis of its effects for the refugee and migrant populations;
  • Creating true advocates for refugees among future professionals.

our speakers

International Speakers

This program is open for participation to all students on undergraduate and postgraduate level, regardless of their previous knowledge on the topic of refugee law and migration. A maximum of 50 participants will be accepted to the program.

Ivana Krstic

Professor of International Human Rights Law and International Public Law, University of Belgrade


Set in CET (Central European Time)

Day 0
11:00 - 13:00

Technical session for lecturers

Opening and Introduction

Mr. Vasko Popetrevski
North Macedonia
Prof. d-r Nikola Jankulovski
North Macedonia
Prof. d-r Sasho Georgievski
North Macedonia
Mr. Claudio J. Delfabro
Prof. d-r Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva
North Macedonia
14:00 - 15:00

Keynote Speech

Monica Sandri
15:00 - 16:00

Technical session for students

Day 1

Refugees and Other Persons in Need of Protection

Mr. Claudio J. Delfabro
Kristijan Mihajlovski
North Macedonia

Facilitator Claudio J. Delfabro and Kristijan Mihaljovski
Duration: 60 min
Methodology: case studies, presentation, key messages, discussion

The session examines the complexity of mixed movements and enables participants to familiarise with and distinguish among the main categories of persons on the move, such as refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons, and trafficked and smuggled people. This allows the class to approach important definitions at an introductory level, and to align the understanding of key topics.

The session also provides an in-depth analysis of the components of the refugee definition provided for by Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention related to the Status of Refugees and clearly outlines all the necessary elements which make a person a refugee.

The class is delivered interactively, through a mix of theory and practice, such as case studies, and guided discussions.

11:10 - 12:40

‘Feasibility of the EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum 2020’

Prof. d-r Jaap de Zwaan

Facilitator: Prof. dr. Jaap de Zwaan
Duration: 90 min
Methodology: presentation, key messages, discussion

Migration as a problematic of all times
- The institutional and legal framework of European Union policy making
- The content of EU policy making
- Schengen cooperation
- EU asylum and migration policy
- Achievements and shortcomings (the crisis of 2015/1016)
- The migration situation in 2021
- Numbers of migrants and areas/countries of origin
- The size of the problem
- The New Pact on Migration and Asylum of 23 September 2020
- Main elements
- Feasible or not?
- Alternative approaches

13:00 - 14:00

Delivering protection in the field

Haruno Nakashiba

Lecturer: Ms. Haruno Nakashiba
Duration: 60 min
Methodology: presentation

Bangladesh is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol (the “Refugee Convention”), and refugee rights are not regulated through any specific legislation. Bangladesh has, however, been hosting a large number of Rohingya refugees historically and more notably since August 2017. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are the world’s largest stateless refugee population and living in densely populated 34 refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The session aims to explain the work of UNHCR in delivering protection in the field and its efforts to support refugees build resilience and to find their solutions in a challenging reality.

14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

“Externalization” of International Protection

Mr. Cameron Shilton

Lecturer: Mr. Cameron Shilton
Duration: 60 minutes
Methodology: presentation, group discussion


The session will be divided as follows:

1. Short quiz (10 mins)

2. Presentation on externalization of international protection, including UNHCR’s position on externalization, brief consideration of relevant legal concepts, examples of recent state practices and proposals which may fall under the umbrella of ‘externalization’ (30 mins)

3. Discussion with participants on externalization measures (15 mins)

4. Wrap-up (5 mins)

Day 2

Strategic Communication: Motivating Positive Sentiment Towards Refugees

Prof. d-r Bobi Ivanov
Prof. d-r Kimberly A. Parker

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Kimberly A. Parker and Prof. dr. Bobi Ivanov
Duration: 60 min
Methodology: Lecture, discussion

The purpose of this session is an introduction to social change and the ability of strategic communicators and marketers to market social change and increase positive sentiment towards refugees. Participants will be introduced to a new integrated framework of thinking about, and carrying out, strategic communication, which can help practicing managers achieve behavior-change objectives more efficiently and effectively.

11:10 - 12:10

European-African Migration and Security Policy Cooperation Seeking Solutions

Belachew Gebrewold

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Belachew Gerberwold
Duration: 60 min
Methodology: PPT presentation, discussion, questions

Structure: The lecture will consist of my presentation, short video clips, interactive involvement of participants through questions and discussion opportunities. The content of the course focuses on current euro-African relations consisting of: migration policy, security policy cooperation, development cooperation and political-institutional cooperation.

12:30 - 13:30

Refugee Empowerment: Undermining the Politics of Victimization

Prof. d-r Nikos Xypolytas

Lecturer: Prof. dr. Nikos Xypolytas
Duration: 60 min


Part 1. Identifying the Problem: Refugee Depoliticization
o Medicalization (emphasis on PTSD)
o Pacification
o Construction of Vulnerability

Part 2. Proposed Solution: Political Empowerment
o Pedagogy of liberation (Paolo Freire)
o Psychology of liberation (Ignacio Martin-Baro)

Part 3. Refugee Political Consciousness and Collective Action
The course will emphasize on the prospects of overcoming the refugee crisis. In order to do that, it is essential to firstly pinpoint the key challenges that lie on the way. The central focus will be on the depoliticization of the refugee experience, as migration management is undergoing a constant effort to conceal the conscious exercise of
power over refugees. By medicalizing the consequences of the refugee experience people are left victimized and approached through a lens of depersonalization.
Asylum officials, psychologists and social workers, regardless of their intentions, are constructing a vulnerable and passive migrant subject. The way out of this impasse can be seen by an active process of empowerment that politically engages refugees while de-medicalizing and de-individualizing their experiences. Drawing from liberation thinkers and practitioners such as Paolo Freire and Ignacio Martin-Baro, the
proposed avenue of change lies in political education and in the prospects rising from refugee collectivization.

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

Seeking Solutions

Lobna Abdel Hadi

Lecturer: Lobna Abdel Hadi
Duration: 60 min
Methodology: presentation, case studies, discussion

In acknowledging that international protection is temporary, the session outlines the three traditional solutions for refugees: voluntary repatriation, resettlement, and local integration. It also presents complementary pathways, as measures adopted to expand third country solutions, and ease pressure on host States, while enhancing refugees' self-reliance.

The general framework of the topic is the Global Compact on Refugees, which aims to transform the way the world responds to forced displacement, by operationalising the principles of international responsibility-sharing and cooperation.
The class is delivered interactively, through a mix of theory and practice, such as case studies, and guided discussions.

19:00 - 20:00

Evening session: MEET & GREET

Day 3
10:00 - 11:30

International Refugee Protection and Victims of Trafficking, Victims of Gender-Based Violence and LGBT

Ivana Krstic
Professor of International Human Rights Law and International Public Law, University of Belgrade

Lecturer: Prof. d-r Ivana Krstic
Duration: 90 min
Methodology: Educational material provided, PPT, case studies

The lecture will be divided into three parts:
1. presentation on the notion of vulnerability and victim centered approach, and discussion with participants on the vulnerability of refugees and migrants (10 minutes)
2. presentation on different form of gender-based violence as acts of persecution, and short case study on victims identified as refugees (20 minutes) presentation on victims of human trafficking and short case study (20 minutes)
3. presentation of victims of human trafficking as refugees and short case study (20 minutes)
4. presentation on LGBTI persons as refugees and short case study (20 minutes)
5. Discussion on gendered impact of Covid-19 pandemic (10 minutes)
6. Q&A and final remarks (10 minutes)

12:00 - 13:00

Foresight and Futures in Peace and Security

Minji Song
Martin Waehlisch

Lecturer: Martin Waehlisch, and Minji Song
Duration: 60 min

DEBATE: The Global Compact on Refugees and the Role of the Academia

Saja Al Zoubi
Rachel Criswell
Prof. d-r Sasho Georgievski
North Macedonia
Mr. Claudio J. Delfabro

Debate: The Global Compact on Refugees and the Role of the Academia
- Prof. D-r Sasho Georgievski,
- Prof. D-r Claudio J. Delfabro
- Rachel Criswell
- D-r Saja Al Zoubi
Duration: 120 min
Methodology: Debate

15:30 - 16:00



Applications for the Summer School on Refugee Rights and Migration 2021 are now closed.
Thank you for your interest in applying! We are honored to have received applications from around the world.
Since we have received over 200 applications and can’t accept all of them, we will now dedicate some time to go through the applications to find the most interesting, outgoing and open participants. Participants will receive notice on their status on August 19th on their emails. Once again, thank you very much for showing so much interest and good luck!


The program will be delivered in English therefore the participants need to speak English fluently.

This program is designed specifically for students and students from any and all disciplines are welcome to attend. The only prerequisite is that applicants must have taken at least one introductory course in social science, political science, history, or law. There is no restriction on students from any level of study (undergraduate, master’s, PhD) participating in the course.

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

The 2021 edition of the Summer school on Refugee rights and migration is offered free of charge, yet the selection of participants will be made on a competitive basis.


Registration is done through the following Google Form:

  • Registration: 17.08.2021
  • Notification of Selected Participants: 19.08.2021
  • Summer School Session: 23.8.2021 to 26.8.2021
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