LAW5383 - International refugee law and human rights - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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City (Melbourne)

  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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Previously coded as LAW7425


This unit examines the human rights implications of principles and practices of international refugee protection. It examines the evolution of the international regime for refugee protection and compares application of key concepts and practices of refugee protection, amongst receiving states, including the EU. . It examines the human rights implications of asylum and non-refoulement, the refugee definition, and its elements. It analyses regional responses to refugee crises.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of issues and recent developments in relation to international refugee law and responses to refugee crises with creativity and initiative for further learning and understanding
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the principles of refugee protection, in the context of comparative human rights protection
  • conduct research in International Refugee Law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to international refugee law.


Research paper (5,250 words): 70% AND

Take-home examination (2,250 words): 30%

OR Research paper (7,500 words): 100%

Workload requirements

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

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