Content, progress and pedagogy of the
- To supplement the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that
may form part of the student’s choice of educational and
- Population movements: Refugee protection and migration
- Legal and institutional framework on refugee protection.
- The interface with public international law, including human
rights and treaty law.
- The role of institutions such as the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the EU in refugee
- The Refugee Convention definition and complementary forms of
protection, including human rights protection of refugees.
- The concept of non-refoulement, and those of inclusion, loss
and denial of refugee status.
- Topical issues such as ‘war-refugees’, gender-related
persecution, ‘environmental refugees’ and Internally Displaced
- The role of international refugee law in specific contexts, for
example the ‘war on terror’ and the current ‘European refugee
- Explaining the legal standing of refugee protection in
international law and outlining generally its relationship with
other bodies of public international law.
- Analysing and applying concepts, terminology and topical issues
integral to the course.
- Identifying legal problems in regional and international
refugee law and applying relevant sources of law in solving
- Describing the impact and status of refugee law in national
- Researching, presenting and analyzing international and
municipal asylum case law, as well as UNHCR recommendations and
guidelines pertaining to refugee protection.
- Presenting and analyzing the content of substantive provisions
as contained in refugee law instruments.
- Discussing the changing needs and shared expectations of the
international community as regards contemporary refugee law.
- Explaining human rights and refugee law implications of the
current ‘European refugee crisis’.
- Communicating issues relating to migration and international
refugee law in a clear and well-structured manner, using the
- explain issues pertaining to international refugee law and
reflect and analyze critically
- assess and analyse rules and regulations as well as the
consequences of the rules
- qualify identified legal issues within international refugee
- be able to work problem-oriented by independently composing a
problem and working in an analytical and structured manner
- become responsible for own learning, development and
specialization within the frames international refugee law.
- become able to provide advice on the content of international
refugee law and the consequences of violating the legal framework
relating to refugee protection.
Type of instruction
You are expected to physically show up to class to participate
in group and project work.
Extent and expected workload
|Name of exam
|International Refugee Law
|Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
20 minutes per student x participants in the group
With certain aids:
Synopsis can be brought to the exam
|7-point grading scale
|Type of grading
|Criteria of assessment
|The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination
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