This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S.
asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not
necessary. Students without any background in immigration law might have to work
a bit harder at the beginning of the course. The course will cover the following
topics: The international origins of Refugee Law; the relationship between U.S.
law and International Law; the meaning of well-founded fear; and the definition
of persecution. We will analyze the protections against persecution on account
of political opinion, religion, race of nationality, and a social group. We will
also deal in detail with gender-related claims to refugee status. Furthermore,
we will examine the national and international qualifications and limitations
set on the right of protection. The course will conclude with a discussion on
the mechanics of the asylum process, and the future challenges to refugee
protection in the international and national contexts.
The book used in this course will be Forced Migration Law and
Policyby Martin, Motomura, and Fullerton.
Grading will be based on a final examination and class participation.
However, for those who choose to do so, the course has a paper option which will
satisfy the Substantial Analytical Writing (SAW) requirement.