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Upon successful completion of this module, diligent students should be able to:
i. Identify the key principles underpinning migration law at the international, European and national level;
ii. Demonstrate knowledge of the different legal regimes pertaining to an individual’s migration status within Ireland;
iii. Consider the politics of migration within international, European and domestic settings;
iv. Evaluate the effectiveness or otherwise of human rights protections for different categories of migrants;
v. Comprehend, discuss and challenge the functions and purpose of migration controls at the international, European and national level;
This content is indicative and is subject to change due to legal developments.
Theme One, Conceptualising Migration Law: Over three lectures, we explore the sources of migration law in the Irish legal system, focusing on the interaction of international, European Union and Irish law. Different forms of legal migrant status: asylum seeker, refugee, economic/labour migrant, irregular migrant, will be introduced. We also discuss the role of borders and the issue of entry of migrants into Ireland.
Theme Two, Refugee and Protection Law: Over five lectures, we examine Ireland's system of asylum, refugee and protection law. With a detailed focus on the International Protection Act 2015 (as amended), the issue of Ireland's responsibility for determining a protection claim, the legal grounds that must be proved in order for a person to be granted protection in Ireland, as well as the procedures for claiming protection.
Theme Three, Economic, Labour & Family Migrations: Over four lectures, we examine entry into Ireland for the purposes of labour/employment, exploring legal and administrative processes for entry and settlement in Ireland, including an exploration of issues such as family life rights for economic/labour migrants. In our final lecture, we discuss the issue of deportation and removal from Ireland.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: 1000 word blog post on issues pertaining to migration law.||Week 4||n/a||Graded||No||
|Examination: Open-Book Take Home Examination. The exam will be released in Week 12 and will be completed on the day of its release. Students will have four hours to complete this open-book, take home examination.||Week 12||Yes||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, then students are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification from the lecturer, by arranging to meet the lecturer during office hours. Group class feedback will be provided on the blog post within 20 working days after submission. Students will be provided with a provisional grade for their blog post assignment. Group class feedback will be available on the take-home examination and available to students on the day/date their provisional results for this module are released by the University. This usually occurs in early June of the academic year. Individual feedback on the the blog post and/or take-home examination will be available once grades are confirmed, and students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting viewing of their blog post and/or examination script. This usually occurs in June/July of the relevant academic year.