Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally


Resources for Training

Films for Training

This section contains several training films on decision-making in refugee status determination cases, narrated by James Hathaway and other lawyers. See Other Resources for additional films on refugee topics. 

List of films:

1. Well-Founded Fear
2. Practicing Asylum - The Epidavros Project
3. Training films on specific aspects of Refugee Law (developed by James Hathaway and other lawyers at the time Greece was entering the European Union in the 1990s)
4. Training film for pro bono lawyers
5. The Refugee Law Observatory
6. Random Acts

The Refugee Law Reader

Refugee Law Reader










The Refugee Law Reader is a comprehensive on-line curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international refugee law. The Reader is aimed to support law schools who want to introduce refugee law as a course, but lack funding for books. For that reason it is aimed for use by law professors and students as it contains a lot of copyrighted materials and their use is limited to an academic setting. It is a living document, covering 4 continents and published in 4 languages, English, French, Russian and Spanish. 

Asylum Policy Instruction: Assessing Credibility and Refugee Status (UK)

These intructions are designed for UK officers, but are useful guidance for interviewing refugees.

Booklet on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU to asylum procedural law 

This booklet, published by the ECRE and the Dutch Council for Refugees, is designed to assist legal practitioners supporting those who are in need of international protection. The booklet provides an overview of secondary legislation relevant in the context of the asylum procedure and explains how the Charter can be used to enhance protection. 

Books for Basic Training in Refugee Status Determination

A list of books available for basic training in refugee status determination in the United States. 

Credibility Assessment In Asylum Procedures (Vol. 1, 2013)

A multi-disciplinary training manual on credibility assessment, tailored for asylum decision makers and other asylum professionals.

Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures (Vol. 2, 2015)

A new multidisciplinary training manual for asylum professionals which offers hands-on training on the linguistic and gender-related challenges of credibility assessment, as well as a specific focus on credibility assessment with children and in asylum cases based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

European Network on Statelessness

This course on statelessness in Europe is useful for lawyers, NGOs and others working with asylum, immigration or human rights, civil servants in central and local government, people working for the European Union institutions, academics and students, as well as journalists. It is advertised as taking no more than three hours to complete.

UNHCR Training on Statelessness

This course is desgined to give a basic understanding of statelessness. The main point is to comprehend the 'four pillars of UNHCR’s efforts' to tackle Statelessness (Identification, Prevention, Reduction, Protection) and will know which steps should be undertaken to reduce Statelessness. 

Female Genital Mutilation Self Study Modules

Self Study Modules on Female Genital Mutilation, consisting of two streams; one for Health Care Professionals and a second for Asylum Representatives. 

Guide on Establishing a Refugee Law Clinic

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee with the support of the Global Learning Centre of UNHCR has published a guide on establishing a refugee law clinic. The guide is published in four languages and can be downloaded here:                                                                                     


LGBTI Self Study Module  

A Self Study Module for LGBTI asylum claims published by the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services.  

Released by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers, covers a range of topics of interest to advocates representing immigrant children, including:

  • how to customize legal documents for use with child clients,
  • meeting the social services needs of immigrant children,
  • practical approaches to some of the more common ethical and conflict situations that arise in the representation of unaccompanied children.

This manual serves as a useful tool both for legal services providers striving to meet the growing demand for legal services for unaccompanied children, as well as for those pro bono attorneys stepping in to help fill the remaining gaps. The manual is available online for easy access, and includes links to helpful resources throughout.  


A selection of training manuals and glossaries to help identify and protect refugees; as well as procedural manuals in asylum representation and researching country of origin information.  

Procedures for Determining Refugee Status

The UNHCR Handbook and Guidelines on Procedures for Determining Refugee Status under the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Researching Country of Origin Information Self Study Modules 

A Self Study Module on researching country of origin information. 

The Nairobi Code, Confidentiality and Ethics

All lawyers who have passed the Bar in their countries sign an ethical code. The reason that the Nairobi Code is recommended for all who practice refugee law is that particular issues arise when representing them and because many non-governmental organizations employ paralegals who have not signed an ethical code because they are not members of any Bar organization. The Nairobi Code in English, French and Spanish. We recommend it for all who represent refugees, whether lawyers or not.

UNHCR Self Study Modules

Self study guides by UNHCR for a basis in refugee law. There are modules on International Protection, Refugee Status Determination, Interpreting in a Refugee Context, Human Rights and Refugee Protection and Resettlement Learning Programme.