Asylum & Refugee Law (LAW-656-001)
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This course will focus on U.S. asylum law and procedure. Students will be able to trace the history and development of the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, the 1967 Protocol, and the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980. They will explore the statutory, regulatory, and case law framework of U.S. asylum law and examine in detail the legal definition of the term “refugee,” as well as all of the elements required to secure asylum and refugee protection in the United States.
Students will also become familiar with the procedures for seeking refugee resettlement and asylum, involving key actors such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the federal courts.
Students will appreciate the political and humanitarian factors that motivate asylum law in the United States and will gain an understanding of the unique barriers faced by asylum applicants.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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• Dree K. Collopy, AILA’s Asylum Primer, 8th Edition (AILA Publications, 2019).
• Immigration and Nationality Act, 2019 Edition (AILA Publications, 2019) OR online: https://www.uscis.gov/laws/immigration-and-nationality-act.
• Additional materials may be provided throughout the semester.
First Class Readings
Asylum Primer, Chapter 1, entirety
Asylum Primer, Chapter 2, pages 45-65
Migration Policy Institute: Refugees and Asylees in the United States (https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/refugees-and-asylees-united-states)
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