International refugee protection and sustainable development

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to make the students achieve:
- in-depth knowledge of the topics covered by the course, on the assumption that the basic elements (international and EU law) were acquired during the previous university career;
- the ability to critically address the issues and resolve legal issues through the reworking of the notions learned;
- the strengthening of the technical language related to the subject;
- the ability to link the different topics to elaborate useful proposals for the solution of concrete cases, also through lessons of a casuistic nature carried out with the active participation of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will have a basic knowledge of international refugee law, with attention to its relation to sustainable development issues, and should have developed the ability to apply those notions to solving practical cases.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods

Lectures will take place on Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode, at the established times, and will be recorded and available for consultation on the same platform. Information on how to access classes on Microsoft Teams and other instructions on teaching will be uploaded to the course's ARIEL site, which is recommended to be consulted regularly.
If the health situation allows it, in compliance with current regulations, lessons can also be held in the classroom (mixed mode); in this case, students will be promptly informed and notified through the course ARIEL website.
In any case, lectures will be recorded and made available to students for the duration of the semester.

Program and reference material

The syllabus and reference material for the course are unchanged.

Modalities of verification of learning and evaluation criteria

The methods of verification of learning and the evaluation criteria will not change.
The examination will take place in oral form on the Microsoft Teams platform.
If the health situation allows it, consistent with the availability of classrooms and the respect of the necessary security conditions, the exam will be held in the classroom.
However, the possibility of conducting the examination remotely will be ensured for students who are in the condition of not being able to move from their place of residence and / or domicile.
More precise indications and updates will be available on the Ariel website of the course, which should be consulted regularly.
Course syllabus
This course examines the protection regime pertaining to refugees and its relationship to sustainable development. It gives special attention to the evolving set 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
Previous 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
For not attending students: Goodwin-Gill, G. & J. McAdam. 3rded., The Refugee in International Law, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2007. Parts I-III

For attending students:
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 will be assessed through an oral exam at the end of course.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Di Pascale Alessia