Cases related to Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants: Patterns and Legal Issues

Cases related to Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants: Patterns and Legal Issues

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This Specialisation Course is designed for national lawyers, in-house counsel, international legal practitioners and professionals working with relevant international organisations involved in defending clients in cases concerning trafficking and smuggling offences.

Official UN statistics show that trafficking and smuggling victims originate from more than 150 countries of the world, and are moved to more than 120 destination countries. Moreover, while trafficking and smuggling are criminalised in more than 90% of countries, only a handful of convictions are recorded worldwide each year.  The available data clearly indicates that the factual and legal hurdles in detecting, investigating, prosecuting, and adjudicating trafficking and smuggling cases are substantial.  This situation is further complicated by mixed-migration flows, where destination countries undergo what appears to be a never-ending struggle to distinguish between economic migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.  Human traffickers and migrant smugglers prey on the poor and desperate on the move.

The Course will analyse the legal frameworks applicable to human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants, and obstacles to more effective prosecutions.  This comprehensive analysis will be based on case studies, and examine best practices on victim identification, national and international referral mechanisms, transnational policies and strategies, and engagement with competent stakeholders.  It will focus overall on the roles and responsibilities of the various actors involved, and provide participants with a clear understanding of the nature of these crimes, their evolution and drivers, as well as the relevant tools to address the phenomena.

The Course will tackle the following main topics:

  • Homo Hominis Lupus”: The Global Plague of Modern Slavery
  • International Legal Framework Related to the Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants
  • International Organisations’ Endeavours Against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants
  • International and National Authorities Regulating and Controlling the Fight Against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants
  • Legal Qualifications of the “People on the Move”
  • The Criminalisation of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling in Migrants
  • National and International Investigations Against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants, and the Rights of Victims and Accused
  • International Legal Assistance in Trafficking and Smuggling Related Cases
  • Primary Role of Lawyers and Their Associations
  • Defence Rights in Cases Related to Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants


Language of the course
The Fundamentals Course will be presented in English and so a high level of proficiency in English is required.


Registration Fee

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: 700 euros up until 2 months before the Course begins
  • Standard Registration Fee: 900 euros in the last 2 months prior to the Course

Application procedure and deadline:

  • Registration must be done online.
  • Registration will be limited to 100 positions.
  • Acceptance into the course will be on a “first come, first served” basis.
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