Asylum & Human Rights Course launched by HELP and UNHCR

The Council of Europe HELP course on Asylum and Human Rights was launched on 23rd April 2021 with an online seminar organised by the EU / Council of Europe-funded ‘HELP in the EU II’ project, in cooperation with the Law Society of Ireland’s EU and International Affairs Committee. The launch event featured contributions from representatives of the HELP program, UNHCR, Council of Europe, ECtHR, and Law Society.

The course is freely available in a self-learning format in a number of different languages on the CoE HELP e-learning platform, which contains almost 40 courses on human rights. The overall length of the new edition of the course is approximately six hours and those who complete it in self-learning format can obtain an electronic ‘Statement of Accomplishment’

 About the course (from

The HELP course ‘Asylum and Human Rights’ covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the international and European (UN, CoE and EU) framework related to asylum and the impressive body of caselaw of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). One of the key reference materials to develop this course has been the Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders, and immigration, developed jointly by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Court of Human Rights.

The course was initially developed in 2015 jointly by the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It was updated in 2021 under the EU-CoE “HELP in the EU II” project to contain the most recent developments.


  • Non-refoulement, the right to life, and prohibition of ill-treatment;
  • Detention and reception;
  • The right to family life and asylum;
  • Effective remedies.

You can view a detailed course brief here.



Sustaining Partners