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Refugee Law (LLB327)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SUM-internal
Description This unit examines the origins and evolution of Australian and international refugee law. It will discuss the scope and limits of refugee's rights, impediments to asylum-seeking in domestic and international contexts, and pressures for refugee law reform. Students will be introduced to the system of refugee status determination in Australia including the legislative framework and significant court decisions. The problems of groups such as women and children will be discussed, and students will participate in refugee status determination simulations.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students who successfully complete this unit will:
1. Have a better understanding of the history of refugee law both at international and domestic levels;
2. Have an understanding of the international agencies and NGOs who work in the area of refugee law;
3. Have an understanding of how the refugee determination system operates in Australia;
4. Have an understanding of the basic elements of the definition of refugee in the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees;
5. Have a basic understanding of the jurisprudence emerging from the Australian courts about the nature of Australia's obligations in both determining who are refugees and in the treatment of refugee claimants;
6. Appreciate the social and political dimension of the refugee debate in Australia;
7. More generally, the unit aims to encourage you to think clearly about the issues involved in refugee law and its interface with immigration control measures; and about the methods adopted by the government to achieve its policy objectives.
Through the unit, you should develop the following skills:
a. Skills of statutory interpretation and problem-solving, through the study of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and the Migration Regulations 1994;
b. Skills of legal analysis and observation, gained through the examination and synthesis of court decisions and rulings by the Refugee Review Tribunal;
c. Oral and writing skills, through class participation and the preparation of a major research paper.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content.
Other Learning Experiences Lectures: 24 hours taught intensively over one week in the winter break.
Assessment An essay and exam
Prerequisites Successful completion of all Part 1 units in the LLB, LLB259 Constitutional Law, successful completion of LAW258/LLB358 Australian Administrative Law
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed LAW327 Refugee Law may not enrol in the unit for credit.
Notes The ST3 enrolment option for this unit is offered as part of the International Human Rights Law Program in Geneva, Switzerland. Enrolment in this program is by application which requires a deposit. Students enrolling in the program are responsible for their own airfares, accommodation and incidental expenses during the program. Contact the School of Law for further information.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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