By FutureLaw Desk

South Asia Institute for Social Transformation (SAIST) is going to host an intensive online course on International Refugee Law.

About this Course:

The persecution of minorities at the hand of their own government is a heinous chapter of the political history of mankind. Though the experience of World War II prompted the international community to adopt international human rights law to protect the minorities within national territories, their effectiveness to protect these persons from the arbitrary treatments remains under strong criticism. Thus, the legal regime of international refugee protection, which was primarily aimed at managing the post-World War II refugee affairs in Europe, has taken a permanent shape. However, International Refugee Law (IRL) has taken a comprehensive shape with its universal and regional characteristics and supplemented by other branches of international law. Though the purview of IRL has broadened significantly, its contribution to endow the right for the persons without rights still a matter of heated debate. Keeping these realities in mind, the South Asia Institute for Social Transformation (SAIST) has taken the initiative to offer an online course on International Refugee Law. This course is intended to provide an introductory understanding of the International Refugee Law. There will be a separate lecture on the applicability of IRL to Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

Target Audience: This course is open to students and professionals.

Course Duration: 08 lectures (2 lectures per week, one month). The lectures will take place in the month of October.

Lecture Schedule: Weekend. Details of the lectures will be announced before the commencement of the lecture.

Registration Requirements:

  1. The participant is expected to have a basic understanding of international law.
  2. The participant must have a computer/mobile/tab with a very good internet connection and Zoom App.
  3. The participant must attend at least six lectures.

Registration Process: In order to register this course, you are required to fill up this Google Form :

Upon the filling up the form, you will be provided the procedures of paying registration fee.

Registration Deadline: 25 September 2020

Registration Fees: 500 BDT. Due to our financial limitations, we are not in a position to offer any registration fee weaver.

Certificate: A digital “Certificate of Attendance” will be issued by SAIST will be provided.

Course Syllabus:

  1. Protection of Refugees in International Law
  2. Definition of Refugee in International Law: Admission Clause
  3. Definition of Refugee in International Law: Exclusion Clause
  4. The Principle of Non-refoulement and the Protection of Refugees
  5. Refugee Status Determination Procedure: Part I
  6. Refugee Status Determination Procedure: Part II
  7. Global Compact on Refugee
  8. Protection of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Course Materials: All participants will receive the suggested readings at the beginning of the course.

Streaming Platform: Zoom App

Course Instructors:

  1. Adity Rahman Shah

MSt in International Human Rights Law (on going), University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer, Department of Law, East West University Bangladesh

  1. Omar Faruque Fahim

LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva Academy, Switzerland

Assistant Judge, Bangladesh Judicial Service, and

Former Lecturer, Daffodil International University

  1. Tahsin Khan

LLM in International Criminal Law, Bangor University, United Kingdom

Chairperson and Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Notre Dame University Bangladesh

  1. Quazi Omar Foysal

LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva Academy, Switzerland

Lecturer, Department of Law, American International University-Bangladesh

Contact Details: For any inquiry, please mail at You may also call on 0184157311 (12 PM to 8 PM).