The Law of International Protection: Asylum-Seekers and Refugees

Module code: LW7265
Module co-ordinator: Alan Desmond

Module outline

This module will introduce international law relating to international protection, under both the Refugee Convention and human rights instruments, including the question of access to protection. After looking at the distinction between refugees and migrants and the background to the Refugee Convention, students will examine some of the most topical issues in refugee law including exclusion from refugee status, the child in international refugee law, the interdiction of asylum-seekers at sea, and the protection of internally displaced persons. Particular attention will be paid to the ongoing “refugee crisis” in Europe, including the relevant legal framework provided by the Common European Asylum System and the Dublin system determining the responsibility of EU Member States for examining asylum applications.