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Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB /
Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN

About the Summer School 2016

The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Now in its 27th year, the three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection. 

Summer School Tutors 2016

We are delighted to announce yet another year of excellent tutors. Joining the Summer School as a tutor is Catherine Briddick. Ms Catherine Briddick has ten years’ experience providing legal advice and engaging in legal advocacy on issues relating to forced migration and human rights law in the UK. Catherine is a barrister and has been involved in the management and delivery of legal services in the not-for-profit sector, as well as advising and representing individuals directly before courts and tribunals. She is currently Chair of Asylum Aid, an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses. Catherine received her LLM in Human Rights Law from the LSE with Distinction. She is currently reading for a DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford. She teaches at the Refugee Studies Centre and has previously taught Public International Law and International Human Rights Law at the LSE. 

Returning to the Summer School having previously tutored:

  • Dr Jeff Crisp has served as Head of Policy Development and Evaluation at UNHCR, as Director of Policy and Research in the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) and as Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy with Refugees International. He has first-hand experience of humanitarian programmes and UN operations in more than 60 countries throughout the world and has published and lectured extensively on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues. He has a PhD in African Studies from the University of Birmingham.
  • Dr Cathryn Costello is Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford and Summer School Director.
  • Dr Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced, Course Director for the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration and Deputy Director of the Summer School.
  • Dr Maryanne Loughry is a psychologist who has been associated with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) since 1988 when she commenced work in the Indochinese refugee camps in the Philippines and Vietnamese Detention Centres in Hong Kong. Presently Dr Loughry is Associate Director of JRS Australia and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice and the School of Social Work at Boston College and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Prior to this she was the Pedro Arrupe tutor at the University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Centre.
  • Ms Liesbeth Schockhaert is a Legal Advisor and Trainer specialised in humanitarian and refugee law. She holds an LL.M. with honours from the University of Ghent and an M.Sc. in International Politics from the University of Edinburgh. She also studied European Law at the Universidad de León. Liesbeth has over fourteen years of field experience in displacement settings and has both conducted fact-finding missions, participatory assessments and evaluations. Liesbeth has both worked for non-governmental organisations like MSF, ECRE and the UN (UNHCR).


The Summer School is principally designed for practitioners and policymakers working with and for refugees and related issues, normally with several years work experience. Participants typically include staff of the main refugee, migration and humanitarian international organisations; staff from refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs, and government officials working on refugee protection and related issues.

Participants also include academics and postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working directly on refugee and forced migration issues; practicing lawyers and advocates working in refugee and human rights law pertaining to forced migrants; journalists, commentators and activists working on refugee protection and the human rights of forced migrants.


Testimonials from 2015 participants:

  • “Thank you very much for providing a life-changing opportunity. At the summer school, I’ve met so many wonderful people (inside and outside the programme!). I would never have thought that this programme would turn out to be such a wonderful experience... I will never forget this summer – thank you again!”
  •  “The atmosphere in our group/working dynamic, was excellent – we couldn’t have asked for a better tutor. The exercises that we do are a really affective way to learn, rather than simply debate readings.”
  •  “The summer school contributed profoundly to my understanding of the global legal framework of refugee-issues, refugee-related institutions and the academic debates.”

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

  • substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
  • a first degree as a minimum;
  • proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.*

*Please note that if your first language is not English, or if your first language is English but you are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher or standard level before any offer of a place can be confirmed.  The requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived in cases where you have successfully completed or are currently completing a degree-level or postgraduate course that is: full-time, at least nine months long, undertaken at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English.

Funding for 2016

In 2016, three RSC bursaries to attend the Summer School were available to exceptional candidates who were nationals of a developing country, resident in a developing country, and whose work concerned refugees and/or forced migration. Developing countries are defined as those with low or medium levels of human development as classified by the UNDP - see

Saïd Foundation bursaries were available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues from Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Arab world). 

Asfari Foundation bursaries were available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians normally resident in the Arab world). 


For all enquiries, please contact:

Susanna Power
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 281728