From Theory to Practise Refugee Law in Istanbul Winter School, 5 – 11 February 2017, Turkey

Publish Date: Dec 23, 2016

Deadline: Jan 20, 2017

Event Dates: from Feb 05, 2017 06:09 to Feb 11, 2017 06:09

Winter School 2017

With the Syrian civil war that broke out in 2011, the refugee issue has mainly been on the agenda of the whole world and Turkey. Turkey has been one of the most important actors in this process since the very beginning in terms of crisis resolution and assistance to asylum seekers, and has become a country taking concrete steps both in humanitarian and legal aspects. In this context, it is imperative that the perspective of Turkey is well understood and analyzed in order to understand the refugee issue and interpret the issue correctly in a legal context.

Therefore, this year’s topic of our Winter School, which we organize annually as part of our formation project as Istanbul Center of International Law with cooperation of Istanbul University, has been designated as Refugee Law. Winter School located in Istanbul, Turkey will give all participants an opportunity to improve their knowledge and gain a different approachment about this issue.

In the Winter School, Refugee Law and its place in international law will be discussed in detail under the guidance of Turkish scholars and lawyers working in this field and will show how the “Turkish perspective” approaches the issue to the participants. Also, presentations will be made by NGOs working on the protection of refugee rights in Turkey, and the activities of Turkey in this field will be covered in every aspect. Apart from this, it is also aimed to discuss the legal status of the refugee concept and to discuss the solution of the refugee crises, especially Syria, within the framework of international law.

Who may apply

The Course is dedicated to advanced students, NGO workers and volunteers, lawyers, researchers from all over the world. A law degree is not required, however all candidates must prove deep interest in international law.

Invitation letter will be sent out for participants who will need it on visa application after the payment.

The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the Winter School. ECTS will not be given to participants by the reason of it is an ICIL formation project program.


Hotel or Student Dorm (for Non-Residents of Turkey only)

Lectures & Ceremonies

Istanbul University Doctorate Hall (Doktora Salonu)


Cafeteria of the Faculty of Law of the Istanbul University located in the campus


  • one updated CV
  • motivation letter (not longer than 3 pages)

Applications need to be sent to


The course fee is 175€ (150TL for students of Turkish University) including lunches, meals and all the course materials.

The accomodation fee is 150€.

Academic Programme


“Introduction to International Refugee Law” 

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Terms & Terminologies of International Refugee Law
  • History of Population Movements, Concepts, Theories, Development of International Refugee Law
  • Main Sources of International Refugee Law(the Main Features of 1951 UN Convention and the Statute of the UNHCR)
  • The Definition of a “Refugee

Lunch Break

“Understanding Refugee Definiton“

Topics Covered:

  • Determination of Refugee Status by UNHCR
  • International Human Rights Requirements Related to Asylum Procedures
  • The Distinction between Refugees and other Migrants
  • The Meaning of Persecution and paradigms


“Temporary Protection Under Turkish Law”

Lunch Break

“Temporary Protection Under Turkish Law”


“Exclusion of Refugee Status”

Topics Covered:

  • Refugee Status Exclusion Clauses
  • Cancellation and Revocation of Refugee Status
  • Refugee Protection and Measures Against Terrorism

Lunch Break

“Non-refoulement and EU-Turkey deal”

Topics Covered:

  • Non-refoulement in the 1951 Refugee Convention
  • Evolution of the principle
  • The scope of principle non-refoulement
  • Facts and concept of the deal
  • Implementation issue Ass. Prof.


“Stateslesness and IDP”

Lunch Break

“Regional Protection of Refugees”

Topics Covered:

  • The European Union,The Council of Europe Legal and Policy Framework for Refugee Protection
  • The European Convention on Human Right and Fundamental Freedoms
  • The 1969 OAU Convention in Africa, the 1984 Cartagena Declaration in Latin America and Bang Kong Principles
  • Comparative Refugee Law and Policy Europe and Africa


“Relationship among Refugee Law, Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law”

Lunch Break

Response to Syrian Crisis & NGOs



Lunch Break


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