Capacity Building Program

Short course on Refugees in partnership with Mahidol University

Short course on Refugees in partnership with Mahidol University

Through its Capacity Building Program, TCR seeks to increase awareness of refugee and stateless issues in Thailand and in Southeast Asia through university programs and short courses. TCR collaborates with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University in conducting the Refugee and Statelessness Studies Program, which is part of the regular Master’s in Human Rights Program.

The course is held in 6 sessions and covers topics such as international law, the regional protection framework, durable solutions, statelessness, socioeconomic rights, humanitarian aid and advocacy related to the Southeast Asian region. This is a first course of its kind.  The course is divided in three parts. The first part introduces the students to international humanitarian law, international refugee law and refugee issues in Southeast Asia and the gaps in refugee protection in the region. The second part deals with Refugee Status Determination (RSD), durable solutions and statelessness presented by experts from UNHCR on each key issue. The final part of the course focuses on advocacy, humanitarian assistance and refugee coping mechanisms.