Winter 2020 Courses

Eligibility for all courses


  • These courses are offered for graduate and postgraduate students, and researchers as well as practitioners working with migrants and refugees. A minimum knowledge of displacement and migration terminologies and context is a requirement for participation in any of the three courses.
  • All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided. Participants should have a very good command of the English language. Each course will run from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm for five days.
  • Interested applicants can apply for one course or for the three courses.
  • Number of Participants: minimum of 12 in each course

NB: Non- Egyptian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early because it takes two months to obtain an Egyptian visa.



All courses will take place at AUC Tahrir Campus, Room # 602, Hill House.


 Tuition Fees

  • The fee for International participants is $500 per course. Participants are expected to pay the total fees ($500).
  • The Fee for Egyptians and residents in Egypt is EGP 5000. Participants are expected to pay the total fees.
  • Please pay attention to the deposit deadline and kindly note that 30% of the fees is non-refundable. More information on the payment method will be provided to accepted participants.
  • Tuition fees will cover course materials and two coffee breaks per course per day. Participants are responsible for securing their visa and cover the expenses of their travel to Egypt, as well as their accommodation and local transportation in Egypt.


Application Information


To apply for the courses:

1. Fill out the application form, click here

 2. Send the application form to with your most recent C.V to the attention of Naseem Hashim.

Applicants may apply to and be accepted in all courses. Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any difficulty with the application process. Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email within a week after the deadline for submitting the application.

Courses Description


  • Statelessness is a global human rights challenge that leaves tens of millions of people across the world unable to access their rights. This 5-day intensive course on statelessness aims to provide participants with knowledge and skills to understand and address the phenomenon of statelessness and advocate for the right to a nationality. The course will start with an exploration of the concepts of nationality and statelessness, leading to an understanding of what international, regional and domestic legislation are associated with the issue. It will then go on to explore issues of the status of stateless persons, their human rights, discrimination and policy, through three specific themes: civil registration, displacement, and children’s right to a nationality. We will then finish the course by exploring different avenues for further research and advocacy on these issues. The course will incorporate topical and real-life examples of statelessness policies and explore their effects on communities from around the world to help contextualize the issue. It will include theory and interactive case studies. This course is supported by the LSE’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund and by the LSE Middle East Centre.


    About the Instructors

    Zahra Albarazi is an independent human rights lawyer and activist, working in the field of statelessness. She specializes in the nexus between statelessness and forced displacement, and the link between discrimination and statelessness, including work on gender inequality in nationality law. Geographically, her work has focused mainly on statelessness and nationality in the Middle East and Africa region. Zahra has been working on the issue of statelessness and citizenship since 2010 and has been involved in conducting studies on statelessness for UNHCR, International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Open Society Justice Initiative, and Amel House of Human Rights. She holds an LLM in International Law from Leeds University.

  • On the one hand, population change and migratory trends have a distinct impact on contemporary societies–they are partially interrelated. The course provides information on major trends including access to and discussion of relevant data as well as an analytical framework that will help participants to understand the dynamics shaping demographic change and international migration. The course will also touch upon concepts of citizenship/belonging and their relevance in the context of international migration and Diaspora formation. Finally, the course will discuss migration policies from a sending and a receiving perspective as well as frameworks of global and regional migration/asylum governance.


    About the Instructor:

    Professor Rainer Münz is a Special Adviser on Migration and Demography at the European Political Strategy Center (EPSC). Prior to joining the EPSC, he led the Research and Development at Erste Group, a Central European retail bank headquartered in Vienna. He also worked as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel (Brussels), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI, Washington DC). Until 2004, Rainer Münz had an academic career as a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the Department of Mathematics of Finance/ TU Vienna as well as at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He was also a visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg, UC Berkeley, Frankfurt, HU Jerusalem, Klagenfurt, Vienna and Zurich. He currently teaches at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest.

    In 2000-01 Rainer Münz was a member of the German commission on immigration reform (Suessmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was a Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Council (Gonzales commission). Currently, he is one of the chairs of KNOMAD, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development and co-chair of IOM's Migration Advisory Board.

  • The course will provide post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, lawyers and others working with refugees or interested in refugee issues with an introduction to the international legal framework which governs the protection of refugees. Through lectures, case studies and small group discussions, course participants will learn about the basic features of international refugee law through the lens of the 1951 Refugee Convention, looking at the elements of the definition(s) of "refugee," who is excluded from the definition, the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the process by which refugee status is determined, the rights of refugees under international law, the ethical and professional obligations of those representing refugees, and other issues of refugee policy. A background in law is useful but not required.


    About the Instructor:

    Parastou Hassouri has previously taught international refugee law at the American University of Cairo and has extensive experience in the field of international refugee law and refugee and immigrant rights and migration policy. Parastou has served as a consultant with different UNHCR operations in the Refugee Status Determination, Resettlement and Protection Units in Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, and the Russian Federation. She has served as a research consultant for NGO's including the Global Detention Project, where her research focused on migration-related detention in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Prior to that, as a consultant for Human Rights, she conducted extensive research on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees out of the Middle East to third countries. She has worked as a Legal Advisor and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Focal Point at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo. Her experience in the United States includes serving as an Attorney-Advisor at the Immigration Courts of New York City and Los Angeles and working as an immigration attorney in private practice in New York City. In addition, she designed and directed the Immigrant Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she focused on responding to ethnic profiling and other forms of anti-immigrant backlash in the United States in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11. She also occasionally writes on the topic of refugee and migration policy.