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288.4 sec. 1 - Refugee Law (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Kate Jastram  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 130

Course Start: January 11, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 50030 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 50027

This course will cover the international and US refugee law regime, tracing the development of the Refugee Convention and the US Refugee Act of 1980. We will discuss the role of key actors including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Congress, the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, and the federal courts. Students will become familiar with the refugee definition as interpreted in the US. We will study the relationship of refugee law to human rights law and administrative law, and will assess legal and institutional efforts to respond to the situation of forcibly displaced persons in need of protection who do not fit within the refugee definition. We will examine the challenges to refugee protection on both the international and domestic levels, focusing in particular on options for policymakers trying to meet international obligations to refugees while ensuring national security and addressing transnational crime. This course is essential for students engaged in asylum representation, as well as for those interested in immigration law and public international law.

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Forced Migration Law and Policy
    David A. Martin, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Hiroshi Motomura, Maryellen Fullerton,
    Publisher: Thomson
    ISBN: 9780314146106
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $66.79
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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