Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 2 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


The unit examines the evolution of the international regime for refugee protection and challenges from restrictive policies of receiving countries, including the EU. It compares international refugee protection and other human rights protection. It examines the human rights implications of asylum and non-refoulement, the refugee definition, and its elements.


Upon completion of this subject, students should:

  1. understand the evolution and nature of the international regime for refugee protection
  2. have detailed knowledge of the international instruments applicable to asylum seekers and refugees, including the Refugees Convention
  3. be able to compare the responses of different states and regions to refugee issues since the creation of the Refugees Convention
  4. understand and be able to evaluate the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers under the Refugees Convention and related relevant international instruments
  5. understand and be able to evaluate the application of human rights protection to refugees and asylum seekers
  6. have acquired detailed knowledge of the concept of a 'refugee' under the Refugees Convention and of the various elements of the refugee definition
  7. have acquired detailed knowledge of the measures taken by receiving states and regions, including the EU, to restrict the conferment of protection on refugees and asylum seekers or to provide alternative forms of protection
  8. enhanced oral and written communication skills, including the ability to conduct research and to devise a research project.


Research paper (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%
Research paper (7,500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements).