International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights

Inter­na­ti­o­nal Sum­mer School in Refu­gee Law and Rights, Faculty of Law, Olo­mouc, 14-24th of August 2023

Join the 10th International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights founded in 2012 by Dr Selma Porobić with late OBE Prof. Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond from the University of Oxford. The school is modelled according to international summer schools initiated by late professor Harrell-Bond in the 1980s as pioneering refugee law training for humanitarians.

We bring together leading academics and practitioners focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of legal refugee protection, to proactively contribute to its advancement through future careers in academia, UN, governmental and non-governmental organizations, media and other sectors of work. Our goal is to advance legal protection skills and to enhance collaboration in responding to the current challenges of international refugee protection in Europe and globally.

Due to the Russian Federation's aggression on Ukraine and the ongoing war with massive-scale displacement of civilians, our school for the second year in a row will be co-organised and donated to V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine – Aurora Alliance Associated partner university. The school offers a 10-day hybrid training programme and is hosted by Law Faculty at the Palacky University Olomouc. 


When: August, 14th – 24th, 2023

Registration deadline: June 15th

Credits: 3 ECTS

School fee: 500 EUR (*donation contribution)

Organiser: Aurora Alliance Office and Faculty of Law, Palacký University Olomouc with International Office, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv University.


The school is open to professionals from different backgrounds and students of all academic disciplines. Our participants typically include staff from the international refugee and humanitarian organisations, regional and local NGOs, government officials working on refugee protection, students, scholars and researchers focusing human rights and forced migration as well as practicing or aspiring lawyers, journalists and activists.

Content and training

Just as last year (see the 2022 School Report here), this year’s school is fully adapted to focus on mass displacement and protection of civilians affected by the developing war situation in Ukraine. Besides the introduction to International Humanitarian Law, Refugee law and Human rights law, we will also focus on the European asylum law and Temporary Protection Directive as well as Ukrainian refugee protection and rights in the neighbouring reception countries of Central-Eastern Europe. In addition, we will investigate protection of internally displaced persons in Ukraine and vulnerable categories and focus on the mental health of displaced and war-affected civilians in Ukraine. The school will be co-thought by international experts from international humanitarian organisations, Aurora universities and V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. 


The training programme this year will cover the following modules: 

I - General part
- Assessment of the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol
- UNHCR Guidelines on the Application in Mass Influx situations of the Exclusion Clauses 
- International Humanitarian Law - Human Rights law - Refugee Law Intersection
- The Ethics of International Refugee Law
- Prevention of arbitrary displacement in situations of armed conflict and generalized violence
- Internally Displaced Persons’ Rights to Protection
- Durable solutions and rights-based return

II - Regional focus / Europe and Ukraine Mass Displacement Response
- Legal Framework for EU Refugee Responses and the Changing Paradigm of EU Asylum Law
- The Temporary Protection Directive and Refugee Rights
- Refugee Reception and Integration Rights across Europe

III - Case Study focus  – Ukraine and Humanitarian Emergency Responses 
- Displacement as Humanitarian Emergency: Coordinated Aid Delivery to Ukrainians
- Health in Emergencies: Mental Health Needs and Medical Care available
- Protection of Vulnerable persons among the war-displaced categories

Admission fee

The admission fee of 500 EUR covers full school program with special evening events, food and refreshments, school materials and tutoring during the 10days‘ hybrid training.

For Karazin students schools is free of charge and no admission fees are applicable. Please contact Karazin Universities International Office and Olha Pieshkova for more information.

For Aurora Alliance students, 5 spots with fee waiver and mobility funds to cover travel and accommodation are available. Contact your local Aurora office for more information after successful school application.

Admission fee discount is available for selected students. For more information contact Radana Kuncova at the Faculty of Law.

All the school profits are part of ongoing Aurora Alliance fundraising for V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University.

How to apply

We invite you to register by sending the completed Application form together with the Motivation letter, CV (2 pages) to before the 15th of June, 2023.


For detailed information visit the official university website and/or download theflyer.

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