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Spring 2009
Sep 23, 2017
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LAW 697A - International Comparative Refugee Law
This seminar focuses on the refugee definition contained in the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees as interpreted in two principal jurisdictions, the United States and Canada. The essential criteria for refugee status, B a well-founded fear of being persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or potential opinion B are fleshed out using the comparative method. The seminar will analyze the ways in which the Convention refugee definition has been influenced by developments in the related fields of international human rights and humanitarian law. Application of the refugee standard is explored in specific contexts, including armed resistance to authoritarian regimes, conscientious opposition to military service, establishing a claim during periods of upheaval, coercive family planning policies and gender-based asylum claims. Finally, discussion will analyze the cessation and exclusion grounds of refugee protection, including the bar for those who have seriously violated the human rights of others and those who have committed particularly serious crimes. There is no exam. Grades are based on a required paper and an oral presentation.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Seminar, Tutorial

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