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Fall 2017
Oct 18, 2017
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INAF 687 - Refugee Law & Policy
This course examines international and domestic refugee law and policy, with particular focus on refugee-related claims that arise in our legal system. After examining the nature of forced migration, the course will trace the history and development of the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, the 1967 Protocol, and the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980. Students will become familiar with the key actors in the asylum and refugee law arena, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, international non-governmental organizations, the U.S. Congress, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the federal courts.


The course objectives are: (1) to equip students with an understanding of the international refugee system and of asylum law and procedures in the United States, and (2) to provide students with an academic foundation for future clinical study, employment, pro bono work, and internship opportunities within the U.S. government and the NGO community.


In addition to focusing on the refugee definition as interpreted by U.S. courts, we will examine the processes for adjudicating asylum claims, the rights of asylum seekers, detention, and forms of humanitarian immigration relief related to, but different from, asylum. We will also seek to understand the limits of asylum law and explore the toughest issues facing asylum adjudicators and policy makers today.


Priority is given to students fulfilling the requirements of the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies.

2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

International Affairs Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Arab Studies
      Asian Studies
      Eurasian, Russian, E Euro Stud
      Foreign Service
      German and European Studies
      Global Human Development
      Latin American Studies
      Russian & East European Stud
      Security Studies

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