Migration Law

Call for Applications

We are pleased to announce that the International Migration Law Unit of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) will conduct its thirteenth International Migration Law Course from 25 to 29 September 2017, in Sanremo, Italy.

The five-day basic Course on International Migration Law (IML) is designed for government officials, academia, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as members of the civil society. It will focus on the international legal framework governing migration, including the rights and responsibilities of States and migrants.

Persons wishing to apply for participation in this Course are kindly requested to complete the application form. The application forms must be submitted in English to the International Organization for Migration (see contact details in the application form), to the attention of the International Migration Law Unit (IML) no later than 15 July 2017.

For more information, please see here.


What is International Migration Law?

International migration law (IML), which is the international legal framework governing migration, is not covered by any one legal instrument or norm. Instead, IML is an umbrella term covering a variety of principles and rules that together regulate the international obligations of States with regard to migrants. Such broad range of principles and rules belong to numerous branches of international law such as human rights law, humanitarian law, labour law, refugee law, consular law and maritime law. IOM works to increase knowledge and acceptance of the legal instruments that protect migrants’ rights, as well as the ratification and implementation status of these instruments. It also assists States in developing migration policies and legislation that conform to IML in order to manage migration more effectively and in a manner consistent with international law.

In order to more effectively carry out its work on IML, IOM has established the International Migration Law Unit.

Since there is no single instrument or norm covering all the relevant rights and duties of migrants, it is important to collect information on IML and frame it in an accessible and comprehensible way. IOM seeks to consolidate IML information and make it more easily accessible through legal research and its online migration law database. IOM also works to disseminate information on IML in order to spread awareness to academics, government policy makers, International Organizations (IOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

The IML Unit consults with governments on migration legislation to make the legislation more effective and to bring it more in line with regional and international standards. The Unit also carries out training and capacity building activities on IML.