In an era of massive influx of migrants and refugees, this course will examine a series of key topics related to international immigration and refugee law, and the challenges posed from a legal perspective. It will provide you with a broad overview of the main legal instruments in place concerning asylum, migration, human smuggling and trafficking, such as the 1951 Refugee Convention (Geneva Convention) and 1967 Protocol or the 2000 Palermo Protocols attached to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Regional sub-systems, such as the EU legal framework will be explored by focusing on themes such as the legal migration, detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants, deportation and criminalisation of migration. In order to provide a holistic approach to the examined topics, selected national legislation and case law will be explored as well.
Teaching in the form of lectures and seminars, including group exercises, will be supplemented by field trips to institutions and NGOs (such as the AIRE Centre, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, Amnesty International UK, the UNHCR etc) with a view to gaining valuable insights into the practical dimension of migration and refugee law.
This course aims to raise your awareness of the global and current phenomena of mass influx of migrants and refugees and the challenges posed from a legal perspective. You will be equipped with the necessary tools to understand the evolving set of norms, mechanisms and procedures to deal with migration, including the avenues for legal migration, the fight against irregular migration and the determination of whether an individual qualifies as refugee. The course aims to provide you with a toolbox of legislation and case law that combines a multiplicity of legal sources ranging from international treaties to regional legal frameworks, with a focus on the EU, and national law and practices. At the end of the course, you will be able to understand the potential and limits of migration and refugee law and will be able to analyse and articulate legal arguments on global migration, making use of the relevant sources.
Teaching and learning
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, and field trips to institutions and NGOs such as the AIRE Centre, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, Amnesty International UK and the UNHCR.
By attending this course, you are expected to develop:
- a knowledge of the historical origins and development of refugee law up to its codification in the 1951 Refugee Convention (Geneva Convention) and 1967 Protocol
- an understanding the role of key institutions such as the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), or the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
- an understanding the principle of non-refoulement
- an understanding of the definition of a refugee (inclusion, exclusion, cessation)
- a knowledge of the key legal instruments at international and regional level regarding the fight against human trafficking and smuggling, with a focus on the 2000 Palermo Protocols
- knowledge of the EU legal framework for granting international protection, admitting regular migrants and dealing with irregular.
You will develop/be able to:
- debate critically and respectfully
- draw from existing legislation and case law to deliver sound arguments orally and in writing
- understand and express the value of a study abroad experience in developing an academic and professional career pathway
- work collaboratively in group exercises
- gain valuable insights into how law operates in practice
- combine and differentiate legal sources and principles and understand the hierarchy of legal norms (international, regional, national level)
- a capacity for analytical and critical thought
- deeper understanding of the interaction between international, regional and national legal systems
- improved skills in oral presentation
- polish your independent legal research skills by seeking out relevant sources and research materials.
To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
- if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
- if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+
We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
English language requirements
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the QMUL Summer School:
- If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
- IELTS, 7 overall or higher
- TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
- PTE Academic 68
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70- grade C (old marking system)
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Last updated February 8, 2018