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International Refugee Law
Last Updated Date:   22 June 2021


5 Credits,  Semester 2

Course Description:
One of the most pressing current issues of international concern is the highest ever level of global displacement, with over twenty million refugees in the world. This course examines the international legal regime for the protection of refugees. With the 1951 Refugee Convention as its "backbone", the course focuses on the definition of a "refugee"; the exclusion and withdrawal of refugee status and the internal protection alternative; refugee status determination procedures; the principle of non-refoulement; the standards of treatment of recognised refugees and asylum-seekers in receiving States; States' responsibility-sharing and responsibility-shifting; the protection of Palestinian refugees under international law; supervisory responsibility of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and regional protection systems (particularly the Common European Asylum System). The study of international refugee law draws from - and complements - related international law fields such as international human rights/criminal/humanitarian law and the law of state responsibility/international organisations. Students with a keen interest in these related fields are likely to find this course useful and interesting.
Students can expect to spend at least 5 hours completing the assigned readings before each seminar.
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Course Convenor: Mr Matthew Seet

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4340V / LL5340V / LL6340V / LLJ5340V

Contact Hours: 3hr weekly seminar

Workload: 5 hours

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 25%; Final Exam - 75%

Preclusions: LL4340/LL5340/LL6340 International Refugee Law

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022 (PM)

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