International refugee protection and sustainable development

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course aims to introduce the students to the multidisciplinary intersection of and relationship between the Refugee Protection and the Sustainable Development regimes.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this course students will be expected to:
- Have gained a comprehensive understanding of the refugee protection and sustainable development regimes
- Have gained familiarity with the various and recent forced migration and sustainable development initiatives, and seminal policy initiatives and instruments
- Have developed a detailed understanding of the interplay between forced migration & sustainable development
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Courses will be delivered in the classroom or streamed on-line, depending on the evolution of the health emergency and in light of governmental security directives. More details will be provided soon.
Course syllabus
This course examines the multidisciplinary intersection of and relationship between two major regimes: Forced Migration and Sustainable Development.
The seminars start with an introduction to the Refugee Protection regime, with special attention being given to the evolving norms, institutions, and procedures that have emerged from the international community's resolve to protect refugees, but also internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons. The initial seminars will also consider the environment-mobility nexus.
Students will then take a look at recent initiatives to further the protection of refugees (Global Refugee Forum and Global Compact on Refugees), to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response to IDP situations (Transformative Agenda), and to address migration in general (Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration) and migration and development, in particular (Global Forum on Migration and Development).
The seminars will also be an occasion to discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (in particular Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels).
Towards the end of the course students will analyze both development initiatives that may produce forced displacement, and those that may be implemented in areas that receive forced migrants.
The sessions and ensuing discussions will be based on state-of-the-art literature and on documents from international organizations on both Refugee Protection and Sustainable Development.
Teaching methods
The course's didactic methodology will be based on seminars which will encompass lectures, students presentations, and case studies.
Teaching Resources
Bennett, O. & C. McDowell, Displaced - The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 1-17 (Chapter 1: Moving People), pp. 201-216 (Chapter 9: Conclusion).
Betts, A. Forced Migrants and Global Politics. Malden/Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Cernea, M. "Risks, Safeguards and Reconstruction: A Model for Population Displacement and Resettlement", in M. Cernea & C. McDowell (eds.), Risks and Reconstruction: The Experiences of Refugees and Resettlers, Washington (DC), The World Bank, 2000, pp. 11-55.
Costello, C. et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2021.
Downing, T. E. "Mitigating Social Impoverishment when People Are Involuntarily Displaced", in C. McDowell (ed.), Understanding Impoverishment: The Consequences of Development-Induced Displacement, Oxford, Berghahn, 1996, pp. 33-48.
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. 3rd ed., The Refugee in International Law, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Hathaway, J.C. & M. Foster. The Law of Refugee Status. 2nd ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Krause, U. Linking Refugee Protection with Development Assistance - Analyses with a Case Study in Uganda. Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2013.
McDowell, C & G. Morrell, Displacement Beyond Conflict - Challenges for the 21st Century, New York, Berghahn Books, 2010 (Chapter 2. Displacement: Conceptual Difficulties), (Chapter 5. Displacement as an Economic and Development Dilemma), (Chapter 8. Conclusion - Displacement Challenges for the Twenty-first Century)
UNHCR. A Thematic Compilation of Executive Committee Conclusions. Geneva, UNHCR, 2014.
______. Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status and Guidelines on International Protection Under the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (HCR/1P/4/ENG/REV. 4). Geneva, UNHCR, 2019.
______. Procedural Standards for Refugee Status Determination under UNHCR's Mandate. Geneva, UNHCR, 2003.
______. UNHCR Protection Manual. Geneva, UNHCR, 2019.
United Nations. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
______. Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
______. Global Compact on Refugees.
______. Global Forum on Migration and Development.
______. Global Refugee Forum.
______. Sustainable Development Goals.
______. Transformative Agenda.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assessment will be based on the students' attendance and active participation in the course, as well as on their performances on country and specific-situation presentations, case-studies, and a final exam.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours