Thursday, November 7, 2013

Summer Institute, The Refugee Status Determination Process

The Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS) at Northwestern University's Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies is pleased to open registration for our 2014 Summer Institute, The Refugee Status Determination Process, June 1-7, Evanston, Illinois.

The CFMS Summer Institute is an intensive seven-day, non-degree earning certificate program. Focused each year on a key topic of concern in the field of refugee studies, the Summer Institute is structured to provide participants expert knowledge and a forum to exchange ideas, build relationships, develop new approaches and policy recommendations and learn about new developments in the field. Past participants have included government officials, non-governmental organization personnel, university faculty and graduate students.

The 2014 Summer Institute on The Refugee Status Determination Process introduces participants to the legal basis for refugee status and the variations in how authorities in different countries determine whether an asylum-seeker is eligible for refugee status. It provides students with guidance and workshops on case preparation including taking testimony, evidence documentation, working with victims of trauma and with issues of credibility and includes a focus on special topics such as LGBTI and gang-related asylum claims and cases involving unaccompanied minors.

Faculty include: Barbara Harrell-Bond, (University of Oxford); Michael Kagan (University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Sioban Albiol (DePaul University); Uzoamaka Nzliebe (Northwestern University); Miriam Marton (University of Connecticut); Rachel Levitan (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), and representatives from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Division

The 2014 Summer Institute is targeted at UNHCR staff, government employees, practicing attorneys (CLE-eligible based on state's approval for 37.5 credits, 1.5 of which are ethics), NGO refugee case workers and practitioners, academics, law students and other graduate students seeking to expand their knowledge of critical elements of the refugee status determination process.


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