Summer School - Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights 2018, Italy


May 23, 2018

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Venice Academy of Human Rights


The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of current knowledge. Previous editions of the academy featured lectures by Amartya Sen, Philip Alston, Theodor Meron, Mary Robinson, Bruno Simma, Jeremy Waldron, Olivier De Schutter, Miloon Kothari, Branko Milanović, Kate Pickett and Heisoo Shin among others.

The 2018 Venice Academy of Human Rights will focus on “Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights”. Professor François Crépeau, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017, current Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University, Canada and recently appointed 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor at Université catholique de Louvain will act as the Academic and Scientific Coordinator of the Academy.

EIUC is honored to welcome back Professor Crépeau to the Monastery of San Nicolò which he first visited in 2014 as part of the faculty of the Venice School of Human Rights where he taught within the cluster on “People on the Move and their Human Rights: the Internalisation of Migration Law and the Role of the EU”. 


Thanks to thirty years of growing dominant populist discourse on migration, the treatment of migrants has become an electorally toxic issue in many countries. Increasingly repressive policies have been the result of this populist trend. Deaths at sea, detention for the many, intolerable detention conditions, detention of children and families, underground labour markets with exploitative labour conditions, unethical recruitment methods, increasing precariousness of many migrants with temporary status, violence against migrants, toleration of discriminatory practices…, all result from ill-advised conceptions of human mobility across borders.

At the same time, the German “migration crisis” of 2015 has opened the eyes of many. Solidarity movements have emerged. Millions of citizens have contributed to welcoming migrants. NGOs, lawyers, churches are working incessantly to defend the rights of migrants. Labour unions and business associations are speaking up in favour of mobility and diversity. Good media outlets present a much more sophisticated analysis of migration movements and are increasingly critical of populist attitudes. The youth is much less averse to mobility and diversity than older generations, as demonstrated in the Brexit vote.

Migration is a complex issue: it is coextensive to human life itself and is in our species’ DNA. It cannot be reduced to simple answers and populist formulas. One needs to delve into the complexity of human mobility and develop nuanced opinions, informed by the experience and expertise of the migrants themselves.

This 2018 Venice Summer Academy is dedicated to developing such sophisticated analysis, weaving numerous threads: economic gains and costs for countries and individuals; cultural and existential anxieties; labour rights of all workers, including migrants; human rights of all, including migrants; freedom of movement regional zones; limitations of our present conception of representative democracy… It is posited that a liberal approach to well-governed mobility across borders will eventually emerge, when States start developing a strategic vision and operational planning of human mobility over the coming decades and initiate an international cooperation and development framework that includes mobility as a key pillar.

Admission Requirements

Target: Participation is open to academics, practitioners, Ph.D./J.S.D. and master students from all countries of the world with an advanced knowledge of human rights. In the selection of participants, the Academy puts great emphasis on fostering interdisciplinarity and securing gender equality.

Eligibility: The Academy is an intensive programme of high standard and applicants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared.

Participant must:

  • hold a LLM/MA or PhD/JSD or be currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme in human rights, international law, political science, international relations, philosophy, sociology or related subjects,


  • have work experience in one of these fields in an international or non-governmental organization,


  • work on human rights issues for a government authority or in academia.

Course language: All courses will be taught in English. It is, therefore, indispensable that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Certificate: All participants attending the course will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the course.


EIUC will review applications on an on-going basis. This way, EIUC aims to give participants as much time as possible for the organization of visa, traveling and accommodation.

Applicants Requiring Visas

Non-EU applicants require a Visa to access Italy. Students requiring Visas usually need to produce an official letter of invitation from the course to the Visa Office. As these are only issued upon receipt of full payment, we encourage non-EU applicants to apply to the summer school at least 4 months prior the beginning of the school with full payment. Following notification of admission, the school will provide you with an invitation letter confirming that you are offered a place in the programme and the fees are paid.

Visa application process can take several months, we strongly recommend applicants to apply as soon as you receive the invitation letter from the Summer School in order to appeal any refusals. Please visit this website for more information about visa requirements.


Early registration is recommended as the number of places is limited. Applicants fulfilling the conditions for participation will be contacted within a couple of working days after submitting the online Application form. EIUC reserves the right to select participants based on their academic and professional profile. Should the required minimum number of participants not be met the course will be canceled. Notice will be provided with the full refund of registration fees minus 50,00 € of administrative fees.

Please note that the enrolment of the selected participants will be made on a "first come first served" basis. You are invited to proceed as soon as possible to assure you a place in our course. The enrolment will only be final with the confirmation that the payment of the fee has been received by the secretariat, therefore we kindly ask you to send a scanned copy of the international bank transfer to

The entire application, including the motivation and the curriculum vitae has to be submitted in English. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English, French, Spanish or Italian.

Please contact at the following e-mail in case you receive no reply to your application within 3 working days from sending.


The enrolment fee the Venice Academy of Human Rights is € 860,00 and it includes:

  • Tuition fee
  • Lunches and coffee breaks on class days
  • Reading material and access to our online learning platform Canvas
  • Certification at the end of the course 

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Publish Date
May 07, 2018
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