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Upon successful completion of this module, students who have engaged fully with this module will be able to:
LO1: Compare approaches of diffuse legal systems impacting on an individual’s asylum/refugee/protection status;
LO2: Appraise the utility and limits of law pertaining to recognition as a refugee and/or a person in need of protection;
LO3: Analyse the politics of asylum and refugee law within international, European and domestic settings;
LO4: Evaluate the effectiveness of human rights legal protections for asylum seekers, refugees and those with complementary protection statuses;
LO5: Reflect on the functions and purposes of asylum and refugee law in the modern era;
LO6: Complete a specific research project on issues relating to asylum and refugee law.
Three core themes will be examined in this module.
(i) Politics and rights in asylum and refugee law: This topic explores sources of asylum and refugee law, while also situating this legal area within its political and social contexts. Core legal questions that will be considered: ‘rights’ of entry to a State to make a protection claim; the concept of ‘burden sharing’ within protection claims distributions in Europe; and, the rights of persons seeking asylum while awaiting determination of their protection claim.
(ii) The Law of Protection: International and European regional refugee and protection law only offers limited protection to certain types of migrant fleeing persecution and serious harm. This topic examines the development and implementation of a 'law of protection’ focusing on refugee protection and subsidiary protection. Detailed case-studies will be engaged with, asking key legal questions such as: (1) Who is entitled to refugee or subsidiary protection? (2) Why did these legal definitions of protection develop in the manner that they did; and (3) Are these definitions overly legalistic?
(iii) Barriers and exclusions: We explore the legal impact of exclusions from protection set out under law and other barriers that exist such as: internal protection alternatives and the concept of 'safe' countries .
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Not applicable to this module.
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|Project: A 3,000 word project on aspects of module content within asylum and refugee law. Options will be provided to complete a set project, or a project of a student's choosing (on agreement with lecturer).||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: This 1,000 word assignment may be in the form of an essay, blog, case-note, book review etc and will be due for submission at the end of Week 6.||Week 6||n/a||Graded||No||
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• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Students requiring feedback on their learning for this module are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification by utilising Q&A discussion boards on Brightspace or arranging to meet the lecturer during office hours. Group class feedback, along with provisional grades, will be available to students within twenty working days after the submission of the assignment. Group class feedback will be available on the research project and available to students once release is permitted by UCD School of Law. Individual feedback on the assignment and/or the project will be available once grades are confirmed, and students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting viewing of their graded assignment and/or project. Information on this process will be provided on Brightspace.