International refugee protection and sustainable development

A.Y. 2019/2020
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Learning objectives
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
This course examines the protection regime pertaining to refugeesa nd its relationship to sustainable development. It gives special attention to the evolvingset of legal norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community's resolve to protect refugees.The course begins with an introduction to the basic concepts and elements of the international regimes regarding human rights and asylum (session 1). It the analyses the institutional pillar of the asylum regime.The course then examines the normative pillar of the global and regional asylum regimes. The regional European asylum regime is then analyzed in detail. Case studies will be used so that students can translate into practice the legal instruments,theoretical concepts,and doctrine that they have learned.
Prerequisites for admission
It is necessary to have adequate knowledge of European Union law (basic course) and international law.
Teaching methods
The course includes theoretical lessons, but has a workshop approach with the examination of cases and documents.
Teaching Resources
Cases and materials will be distributed during the course.
Core bibliography:
Bauloz, C. et al (eds.). Seeking Asylum in the European Union -Selected Protection Issues Raised by the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System. Leiden, Brill, 2015
Betts, A. Forced Migrants and Global Politics. Malden/Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Crépeau, F. et al.(eds). Forced Migration and Global Processes -a view from forced migration studies. Oxford, Lexington Books, 2005.
De Bruycker, P. et al. (eds.). Reforming the Common European Asylum System -The New European Refugee Law. Leiden, Brill, 2016.
Feller, E. et al.(eds). Refugee Protection in International Law -UNHCR's Global Consultations on International Protection, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003; available at
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. et al.(eds). The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.
Goodwin-Gill, G. & J. McAdam. 3rded., The Refugee in International Law, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Hailbronner, K. & D. Thym. EU immigration and Asylum Law: a Commentary. 2nd rev. ed., Leiden, Brill, 2016.
Hamdan, E. The principle of non-refoulement under the ECHR and the UN Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Leiden, Brill, 2016.
Hathaway, J.C. The Rights of Refugees in International Law. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
M. Foster. The Lawof Refugee Status. 2nded., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Peers, S. et. al. (eds.). EU Immigration and Asylum Law Text and Commentary: EU Asylum Law. Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff, 2015
UNHCR. A Thematic Compilation of Executive Committee Conclusions. Geneva, UNHCR, 2011.______.
Handbook and Guidelines on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status under the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. Geneva, UNHCR, 2011.______.
Handbook on Protection of Stateless Persons. Geneva, UNHCR, 2014.______. Procedural Standards for Refugee Status Determination under UNHCR's Mandate. Geneva, UNHCR, 2003.______.
UNHCR Compilation of Case Law on Refugee Protection in International Law. Geneva, UNHCR, 2008.______.
UNHCR Master Glossary of Terms. Geneva, UNHCR, 2006.______.
UNHCR Protection Manual. Geneva, UNHCR, 2014.
Weis, P. The Refugee Convention, 1951 -The Travaux Preparatoires analysed with a commentary by Dr Paul Weis(Cambridge International Documents Series, v. 7). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995.Zimmermann, A. (ed.). The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol -a commentary. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011.
Assessment methods and Criteria
This course willbe assessed based on the attendance, participation of the students in class discussions and activities, and an oral exam at the end of the course.

Only registered students who attend at least 75% of sessions will receive a final mark. All students are strongly encouraged to actively participate during class discussions and activities. Students are expected to prepare in advance for each session. They are required to read the literature and to prepare a short presentation on a reading that will be assigned to them during the first classes.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Di Pascale Alessia