LAW 2817 - Comparative Refugee and Asylum Law
Throughout this century, millions of refugees have been forced to flee their homes to escape persecution, war, and other threats, and the world has been forced to respond to these crises. This course will look at the international development of modern refugee law. The primary text will be Refugee Law and Policy, A Comparative and International Approach, by Musalo, Moore, & Boswell (Carolina Academic Press). We will examine the treatises and instruments that have attempted to address the problems facing refugees and displaced people, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 United Nations Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status, and the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. We will review how refugees have been defined and treated in the United States, and we will compare United States asylum law to the laws of various other countries. If time allows, we will discuss the treatment of specific types of asylum/refugee claims, including claims based on gender, sexual orientation, and religion.
Prerequisites & Notes
Note: Course is approved for Curacao program only.
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