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Center for Forced Migration Studies' Summer Institute:

"The Refugee Status Determination Process"

June 1–7, 2014

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The CFMS Summer Institute is an intensive, rigorous seven-day, non-degree earning certificate program. Through lectures, focused discussions, workshops, films and simulation exercises, the CFMS Summer Institute, held at Northwestern University's campus in Evanston, IL, provides 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 (select advanced undergraduate students may seek permission to attend). Applicants must have good to excellent English speaking and reading skills. No translation services are available.

The 2014 Summer Institute on The Refugee Status Determination Process introduces participants to the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol refugee regime, the international legal basis for refugee status and the variations in how UNHCR and authorities in different countries determine whether an asylum-seeker is eligible for refugee status, with a particular focus on the United States. It provides students with lectures and workshops focused on decision making and analytical skills, legal writing, research, and procedural issues, 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. The training materials consist of training modules that include case studies, accompanying memoranda, procedures manuals, precedent Board of Immigration Appeals decisions, federal court decisions, and other documents. The attached table of contents lists the specific topics that constitute the course and training materials provided on each topic.

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

Summer Institute Director: Galya Ruffer, CFMS Founding Director

The 2014 Summer Institute is targeted at UNHCR staff, government employees, practicing attorneys, NGO refugee case workers, academics, law students and other graduate students seeking to expand their knowledge of critical elements of the refugee status determination process.

CLE-eligible based on state approval for 37.5 credits, 1.5 of which are ethics

Click here to read the full schedule for the 2014 Summer Institute.

Institute Fees:

Registration - $800 (Does not include meals or housing)
Late Registration - $1,000 (After May 2)

**Limited Scholarships and partial tuition assistance are available** Please contact for more information.

Visa Applicants:

Contact the US embassy nearest you for visa application. Do you think you might need a visa? Click here to find out.


The Institute will be held on the Northwestern University Campus in Evanston, IL. A limited number of homestays are available upon request and as well as a dormitory option. There are also several hotels in Evanston and the surrounding area. Please direct accommodation related questions to

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