The courses and faculty for this summer are set forth below. Printed course materials are provided for students on Sunday, July 16. Law students may choose any 3 courses for a total of 3 ABA credits. Courses will be held Monday through Friday between 9 am and 2:10 pm at Trinity College.
Brexit and the Migration Problem in the United Kingdom and European Union, Dr. Barnard (1 credit)
On 23 June 2016 52% of the UK population voted for the UK to leave the European Union. Levels of migration to the UK was given as one of the principal reasons which motivated this vote. What were the concerns about migration and were they real? What will happen to the EU nationals living in the UK? What about EU nationals who would like to come to the UK in the future? What is the optimum level of migration and how can this be properly managed? This course will examine these and other questions relating to migration. The course will draw from Professor Bernard's current research on these issues.
Refugees and Migration from a Domestic Perspective: The United States and European Union, Professor Griffin (1 credit)
This course will examine refugee and migration issues form a comparative perspective, concentrating on the U.S. and the EU. We will study the basics of U.S. immigration and asylum law as they relate to these pressing global problems. With respect to the EU, the course provides and overview of its formation and how the long process of European legal integration influenced how EU member states have dealt with the recent surge of refugees from Syria and the Middle East.
Human Rights, International Law, and the Refugee and Migration Problem, Professor Addis (1 credit)
This course will consider the problem of refugees and migration from the perspective afforded by public international law and human rights treaties.
Comparative Asylum and Refugee Law, Professor Marouf (1 credit)
This course will examine each component of the definition of a "refugee" in the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as how this definition has been interpreted by the United Naitions High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, and Canada. The course will focus on some of the most legally complicated and controversial aspects of the definition, such as the meaning of "membership in a particular social group," which is one of the five grounds for asylum. For example, we will examine how claims relating to gender-based violence have been brought under the "particular social group" ground. We will also compare the legal processes involved in claiming asylum in various countries, as well as the process of refugee status determinations by UNHCR, focusing specifically on concerns around due process and access to counsel. The course will also address the practical challenges involved in winning asylum cases, including the impact of trauma on memory, credibility assessments, fact-gathering, and the role of expert evidence. Finally, the course will provide a comparative analysis of policies around the detention of asylum-seekers, including the detention of children, and explore various alternatives to detention.
Course Schedule (subject to change):
9:00 - 10:10 am: Refugees and Migration in the US and EU: An Overview (1 credit)
- 10:20-11:30 am: Brexit and the Migration Problem in the United Kingdom and EU (1 credit)
- 11:40-12:50 pm: Human Rights, International Law, and the Refugee and Migration Problem (1 credit)
- 1:00-2:10 pm: Comparative Asylum and Refugee Law (1 credit)