Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter

The Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is a monthly publication that focuses on the provision of refugee legal aid. It is aimed primarily to be a resource for legal aid providers in the Global South where law journals and other resources are hard to access. It complements the information portal
The newsletter follows recent developments in the interpretation of refugee law; case law precedents from different constituencies; reports and helpful resources for refugee legal aid providers; and stories of struggle and success in refugee legal aid work.


Conference on rights of immigrant children
The National Center for Refugee & Immigrant Children is hosting the sixth annual ‘On their own: Protecting the rights of immigrant children’ conference, from 24–26 April 2012 in Washington, DC, USA. Featured guests include speakers from Mexico and Central America. The conference brings together advocates, service providers, government representatives, and policy makers from across the USA to examine current challenges, best practices and policies that impact the lives of unaccompanied immigrant children. This year, participants include colleagues from Mexico and Central America. Conference conveners include numerous NGOs from across the country. Registration closes 6 April 2012. To register, follow this link.

Orientation course on forced migration, Kolkata, India
Applications are invited for the 10th annual Orientation Course on Forced Migration, certified by UNHCR and Calcutta Research Group. To be held from 1–15 October 2012, the course will be preceded by two-and-a-half months of distance education followed by on-site workshops, lectures, interactive exercises and field visits. Workshops will be based on assignments sent to selected participants two months prior. The programme is for human rights activists, policy makers, academics, refugee activists and others working in the field of human rights and humanitarian assistance for victims of forced migration. Curriculum includes nationalism, ethnicity, partition and partition refugees, national regimes and the international regime of protection, issues relating to regional patterns of forced migration in South Asia, internal displacement, the gendered nature of forced migration and protection framework, resource politics, climate change and environmental degradation, and several other themes related to the forced displacement of people. Selected candidates must complete assignments based on workshop themes before they join the programme in Kolkata, India. View information on past courses here.

Applicants must have (a) 5 years experience in the work of protection of the victims of forced displacement, OR (b) experience in research work or policy studies on forced migration, and (c) proficiency in English. Application must be accompanied by two recommendation letters and a 500–1000 word essay on how the programme is relevant to the applicant’s work and may benefit the applicant. Deadline for applications is 10 April 2012.

There is a bursary for participants from South Asia. Selected candidates from South Asia will have to pay INR 7000 / USD150 registration fee. Outside South Asia, the fee is USD1200. Apply by email to the Course Coordinator, or by post to: Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC 45 Sector 3, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 106, West Bengal, India. Phone: +91 (33) 2337 0408. Enquiries are welcome.

Online short courses on human rights
The Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is issuing a final call for applications for short certificate courses offered in May and June. These short e-learning courses are six weeks in duration and involve approximately 40 hours of reading, interaction with participants and instructor on discussion boards, quizzes and webinars with invited guests. Since 2002, over 5,000 human rights defenders, development workers, staff members of international organisations and graduate students have successfully participated in HREA e-learning courses. Click here for a listing of all upcoming e-learning courses. Upcoming courses include: Human Rights and Transitional Justice (16 May–26 June 2012); Introduction to International Human Rights Law (Foundation Course) (23 May–3 July 2012); Minority Rights (14 May–24 June 2012); and The United Nations Human Rights System (21 May–1 July 2012). Applications can be submitted online, and the deadline is 30 April 2012. For further information about each course please click on the course link above.

Summer course on European Union law and policy
The Odysseus Academic Network announces their 12th Summer School on ‘European Union law and policy on immigration and asylum’ at Brussels University, from 2–13 July 2012. Classes will provide a global vision of immigration and asylum law in Europe, and will be conducted by academic specialists from universities in the Network including all member states of the EU and officials from international organisations, particularly the European Commission. Held daily from 2pm–6:30pm, classes will be taught separately in French and in English. Places are limited. Prior to registering, prepare a CV in Word format and a photograph in JPG. 

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