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This workshop-style subject affords students the opportunity for both conceptual analysis and hands-on application of internationally guaranteed refugee rights.
The first part of the subject addresses the way in which rights are allocated under the Refugee Convention, and the interrelationship between refugeespecific rights and more general norms of international human rights law. Against this background, students will take up as a case study the right of refugees to work in asylum countries.
The second part of the subject is student-directed, with each student in the class taking responsibility to investigate a current situation in which refugee rights are arguably at risk, and to conceive and present an international legal intervention strategy for critique by the lecturer and other students.
Principal topics will include:
- Rights under the Refugee Convention
- Case study: The right to work
- Strategising for effective international intervention.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject should:
- Understand the international development of refugee law
- Have a knowledge of the different international instruments governing refugee law at the international level
- Understand the key questions involved in the definition of a refugee, and the different approaches taken to these issues in the comparative jurisprudence
- Understand the refugee rights regime set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention
- Understand the way in which international refugee law interacts with the Australian domestic legal system
- Understand how comparative material may be used in refugee cases in Australia.
Last updated: 2 December 2019