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International refugee law and practice 406 (6 points)


Leader: Dr Susan Kneebone

Clayton Summer 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: Root causes of forced migration. Sources of international refugee law and the evolution of the international regime for refugee protection during the 20th century. The limits of the basic principle of asylum and non-refoulement and the application of the refugee definition in Australia and other jurisdictions. The application of the refugee definition to particular groups of applicants, such as gender or culturally based groups. Procedures for detention and determination of refugee status in Australia compared with other jurisdictions. Modifications of the Refugees Convention including international burden sharing agreement and proposals to reformulate the refugee protection regime.

Assessment: Research assignment (5,000 words): 60% + 1 hour terminal examination: 40%.

Contact Hours: Three hours of lectures per week

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