International Migration Law

Module code: LW7147 / LW7148

Module co-ordinator: Alan Desmond

Module Outline

This module will provide an introduction to international law principles governing international migration, including the European Convention on Human Rights and relevant aspects of EU law. It will examine the international law constraints upon the freedom of states to decide on the conferral of nationality (citizenship), and to control the entry and residence of foreign nationals. It will address the rights of resident foreign nationals in international law, including their social and economic rights and the limits to the power of states to expel them for public order reasons. It will also examine some of the most topical issues currently implicating the field of international migration law including economic and labour migration, immigration detention, and the smuggling and trafficking of immigrants..

Intended Learning Outcomes

This module will provide an introduction to the main international legal principles governing international migration. A student who has successfully completed the module should be able to:

  • Outline the provision in international law for international migration
  • Critically evaluate international law relating to the immigration and residence of foreign nationals
  • Outline the concept of international protection 
  • Critically evaluate the provision in international law for international protection.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Seminars and guided independent study. Use will be made of the Blackboard VLE to support learning in this module.

Assessment Methods

There will be two summative assessments in the form of research papers not exceeding 2,500 words (including footnotes) each, and each counting for 50% of the total mark.