The Department of International Refugee Law and Migration Law has been operating since 1982. 

Its main activities include the development and implementation of courses on International Refugee Law, Internal Displacement, Statelessness and Migration, which take place in Sanremo or in other locations, according to the specific requests of governments and partner organizations. 

The workshops are designed for mid and senior-level government officials and members of the civil society and academia, with the aim of enhancing their knowledge and skills regarding the safeguard of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless people, and migrants.

All the courses organized by the Department aim at:

  • Increasing participants' ability to apply the relevant norms underpinning the protection of refugees, IDPs, stateless persons, and migrants.
  • Encouraging the sharing of experiences among participants with regard to policy, legislation, implementation and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Promoting the respect for, domestication and implementation of relevant human rights frameworks and instruments;
  • Encouraging governments to establish or improve existing legislation and policies on the protection of refugees, IDPs, stateless persons, and migrants.

Since the first Refugee Law Course held in 1982, approximately 6,000 participants from more than 180 countries have attended the workshops offered by the Department.