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LAW7164

Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2014

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

  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 and supplement the Refugees Convention
  6. have further developed legal research, writing and legal argument skills by undertaking research, into issues relating to international refugee law; and
  7. have further developed skills of oral presentation and argumentation in an interactive class context.

Assessment

Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

36 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

Monash students: LAW1100 or LAW1101; and LAW1102 or LAW1104
International/Partner Universities: General Introduction to Law.

Co-requisites

Monash students: LAW1100 or LAW1101; and LAW1102 or LAW1104
International/Partner Universities: General Introduction to Law.

Prohibitions

Monash students: LAW1100 or LAW1101; and LAW1102 or LAW1104
International/Partner Universities: General Introduction to Law.