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CODE 111156
SEMESTER 2° Semester


The legal clinic on migration and international protection offers a training course aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of students on the issues of migration, international protection and social justice, from a legal, philosophical, sociological, anthropological perspective. The teaching consists of a didactic part carried out in the classroom and one dedicated to field experience aimed at managing real cases in the subjects of interest.



Understanding the different stages of the Refugee Status Determination Process (RSDP) both in the theoretical dimension and looking to living Law practices, both on administrative and jurisdictional perspective; being involved in handling real international protection cases through an interdisciplinary method; drawing up preliminary reports, drafting decisions and legal acts; team working involving different skills; dealing with situations of ethical and deontological relevance. Cross skills: personal competence, social competence, ability to learn to learn, functional literacy competence (Council of Europe Recommendations 2018).


The training proposal is structured in a first part dedicated to the clinical-legal method and interdisciplinary lessons on migration and RSDP. Meetings on special perspectives, simulations, round tables, workshops will follow. The course concludes with a final phase in taking charge of real cases, followed by the drafting of documents and the evaluation of the participants. The last phase includes group workshops, in the form of cooperative learning groups, participation in hearings and support for the preliminary investigation activities at the Section XI of the Court of Genoa and other entities involved in the promotion and recognition of rights, also for the purpose of drafting responses to COI queries and drafting of decision provisions.

Keywords: Anti-formalism, Interdisciplinarity, Social justice, Living law, Fundamental rights, Human rights, Migrations, Political asylum, International protection, Citizenship, Statelessness, COI reports, Real cases, Legal clinic, Migration policies, Foreign minors, Personal expertise, Social competence, Ability to learn to learn, Functional literacy competence.


Lectures, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, field-activities, working groups.


- Clinical legal education/methodology: between philosophy and sociology of Law: legal realism, critical legal studies and cultural turn.

- Introduction to International, European and national Law on immigration and international protection;

- Living Law and practice;

- The administrative detention of irregular migrants;

- Refugee status determination process: between "paper rights" and living Law;

- Inclusion in international protection: theory and practice;

- Notes on interviewing techniques of persons seeking international protection;

- Evidence assessment - evaluation of evidences;

- In-depth seminars: comparing different clinical and specialist perspectives;

- Intersectionality in international protection;

- Taking charge of real cases;

- Drafting of report/opinion/draft deed-provision


Recommended reading and bibliography 

M. Buffa, Trattenuti e trattamenti. Esistenze e spazi nella nemesi del diritto, Ombre Corte, Verona, 2023. (Three chapters of your choice)

Guida pratica dell'Easo: requisiti per poter beneficiare della protezione internazionale, free access at the following link:

Materiali che saranno consegnati durante le lezioni

One book chose from:

I. Fanlo Cortés, D. Ferrari, I soggetti vulnerabili nei processi migratori. La protezione internazionale tra teoria e prassi, Giappichelli, Torino, 2019. (Three chapters of your choice). 

D. Ferrari, Libertà religiosa e orientamento sessuale. Percorsi e sfide nel diritto internazionale ed europeo, il Mulino, Bologna, 2023. (Three chapters of your choice).

I. Fanlo Cortés, Diritto, immigrazione, territorio. Ricerche sociogiuridiche sul governo delle migrazioni a livello locale, Ledizioni, Milano, 2013 (Three chapters of your choice).



Exam Board

MATTEO BUFFA (President)



Second semester 

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy



Paper presentation, self-assessment, final assessment interview on the topics reccomanded readings and texts covered by the program.



The exam takes place in oral and written form.

Questions will focus on the topics analyzed in classroom and on the bibliography indicated and discussed during lessons, as well as on the analysis of real cases and the related documents produced in relation to them.

Evaluation will focus on:

1) the degree of knowledge, deepening and critical understanding of the contents;

2) the ability to argue and establish relationships between main issues;

3) the ability to express concepts using appropriate terminology.

Evaluation criteria:

To obtain an overall grade between 27 and 30 cum laude, students will have to demonstrate: an organic vision of the topics covered in class and/or studied in the manuals and critical texts as recommended in bibliography; an excellent capacity for critical analysis of the topics covered and an excellent ability to express and argue; excellent competence in the technical language of migration and international protection.

An overall score between 23 and 26 will be awarded to those who will be able to demonstrate: a good knowledge of the programme; a good capacity for critical analysis of the topics covered and a good ability to express and argue; a good command of language with some uncertainty in exposition and/or imprecision in the use of technical language.

An acceptable but summary knowledge of the programme, a superficial understanding of the texts, a limited capacity for critical analysis and not always appropriate expression will lead to just sufficient evaluations (between 18 and 22).

Poor knowledge of texts, inadequate capacity for critical analysis, as well as incorrect or inappropriate written and oral expression will result in a negative evaluation. In case of insufficient mark, the students will have to repeat the test.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
24/05/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
07/06/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
21/06/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
05/07/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale

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