ONLINE COURSE: Forced Migration and Sustainable Development

Wars, conflicts, borders, walls, persecution, human rights violations, asylum and more… the issue of forced migration is highly relevant today. Now, more than ever, it is important to analyse how refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons are protected by legal norms, institutions, and procedures, and how sustainable development initiatives affect forced displacement.

Course periodNov. 29, 2021 - Dec. 10, 2021 Session III
Category Law & Economics
Course levelsMaster
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2021, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee600.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee

You are interested in this course and study at an Eastern European university? Then apply additionally for a scholarship of Santander Consumer Bank and benefit from a course tuition waiver.


This course examines the intersection of and relationship between two major regimes: Forced Migration and Sustainable Development. It adopts two complementary methodologies: seminars and presentations by the students.

The seminars start with an introduction on the Forced Migration regime, with special attention being given to the evolving norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community’s resolve to protect refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons. The initial seminars will also consider the environment-mobility nexus. We will then take a look at recent initiatives to further the protection of refugees (Global Refugee Forum and Global Compact on Refugees), to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response to IDP situations (Transformative Agenda), and to address migration in general (Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration) and migration and development, in particular (Global Forum on Migration and Development).

In the seminars we will also discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (in particular Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels). Towards the end of the course we will analyse development initiatives that may produce forced displacement but also those that may be implemented in areas that receive forced migrants.

The sessions and ensuing discussions will be based on state-of-the-art literature and on documents from international organizations on both Forced Migration and Sustainable Development.


Syllabus (PDF)

Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 40 contact hours.

The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (60%)
  • self-study, assignments, group exercises/case studies (40%)


Weekly schedule of virtual class room sessions:

  • Course days: Moday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Time: 5.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Berlin time, UTC+1)
    12.00 am - 2.30 am (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    3.00 am - 5.30 am (Sydney time, UTC+11)
    10.00 am - 12.30 am (Chicago time, UTC-6)
Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Master students and advanced undergraduate students (final year) with a background in law or with another academic background that qualifies them to participate in the course.

Mr. José H. Fischel de Andrade, PhD, MSt, LLM

Dr. José H. Fischel de Andrade read Law (LLB), International Law (LLM), International Relations (MSt) and History of International Relations (PhD) at the universities of Brasília, São Paulo, and Cambridge and is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Graduate Institute (HEID) in Geneva.

He teaches part-time at the Humboldt University in Berlin and enjoys implementing the fruits of his teaching and research in challenging areas: he has been serving in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in various positions since 1995.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin