Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)


Topics include: sources of international refugee law and the evolution of the international regime for refugee protection; comparative implementation of the refugee definition in Europe and other jurisdictions; modification of the Refugees Convention in domestic legislation; restrictive concepts such as 'internal protection' and 'safe third country'; the development of 'complementary protection' for asylum-seekers; issues raised by regional responses and creation of 'burden sharing' arrangements between States; procedures for determination of refugee status; proposals to reformulate the refugee protection regime.


Upon completion of this unit students should:

  1. understand the background and nature of international refugee law
  2. have detailed knowledge of the international instruments applicable to asylum seekers, including the Refugees Convention
  3. have acquired detailed knowledge of the concept of a 'refugee' under the Refugees Convention and of the various elements of the definition
  4. be able to evaluate comparative state and regional practices towards refugee applicants and application of the Refugees Convention
  5. understand and be able to evaluate measures adopted to modify the Refugees Convention
  6. have further developed legal research, writing and legal argument skills by undertaking research, into issues relating to international refugee law
  7. have further developed skills of oral presentation and argumentation in an interactive class context.


Research assignment (2,500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%.

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Workload requirements

Four hours of lectures per week (for 9 weeks)


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104
International/Partner universities: General Introduction to Law