International Organisations, Human Rights and International Law in the Context of Refugees


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of the module is to provide students with thorough knowledge of international legislation and international organisations relevant to international refugee law; this will include knowledge of the UN system, providing a framework for understanding and analysing human rights and other conventions relevant to international refugee law. The module aims at providing students with basic knowledge of international refugee law.



The module includes themes within:

  • Basic knowledge of law related to refugee issues
  • The Refugee Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, EU legislation and nation-state legislation related to refugees and migrants.

Learning objectives


  • have knowledge of and understand basic law
  • have knowledge of and can reflect on the legal aspects of international law pertaining to refugees and migrants.
  • can reflect on and discuss legal aspects in the context of related themes within refugee and migration issues.


  • can apply their knowledge within the module’s subject areas to select legal aspects that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these aspects
  • can analyse, interpret and contextualise on legal aspects of refugee and migration issues in an international context.


  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge
  • can work independently on concrete projects within international legal aspects in the context of refugee and migration issues.

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and seminars, possibly with exercises and student contributions.



The module shares exams with

Facts about the module

Danish titleInternational Organisations, Human Rights and International Law in the Context of Refugees
Module codeGRS008
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of International Affairs
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyThe Faculty of Social Sciences