International and European Refugee Law
intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year
Course Type and Contact Hours
Lecture / 2 hrs per week
5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)
The course will be held at irregular intervals, rather in the summer term than in the winter term.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the summer semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late February to mid August. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.
The international community as a whole and in particular the European Union, its institutions and its Member States have a role to play in addressing global migration challenges and refugee crises, including the crisis currently affecting the EU. In this EU migrant and refugee crisis, Germany has been the most sought-after final destination.
This course provides an analysis of both the international and European regime of refugee protection. The module is divided into two parts. The first part covers the international legal framework for refugee protection. The course explores the basic provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol regarding the definition of refugee, the exclusion, cessation and ending of refugee status, the principle of non-refoulement, the required standards of treatment of refugees as well as the institutions tasked with overseeing the implementation of these instruments. Then, the course examines the refugee protection under international human rights law (European Convention of Human Rights).
The second part of the course analyzes the development of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by the European Union. Within this framework, the course focuses on the issue of which Member State is responsible for examining the asylum claim (Dublin III Regulation), on the eligibility for protection (Qualification Directive), on the rules for the procedure for the examination of asylum claims (Procedures Directive) and on the conditions and rights applicable for asylum seekers pending the asylum procedure (Reception Conditions Directive).
Finally, the course provides - as an excursus - an overview of the right to asylum according to Article 16a of the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz).
- Pieter Boeles, Maarten den Heijer, Gerrie Lodder, Kees Wouters, European Migration Law (Intersentia, 2014), pp. 243-371.
- Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam, The Refugee in International Law, Third edition (OUP, 2007).
- James C. Hathaway and Michelle Foster, The Law of Refugee Status, Second Edition (CUP, 2014).
- Steve Peers, Violeta Moreno-Lax, Madeline Galick and Elspeth Guild (ed.), EU Immigration Law (Text and Commentary), Volume 3 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015).
no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)
Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 2".
registration period: 1 April - 30 April 2020
De-Registration from this Course
regular drop period: 1 April - 30 April 2020
After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.
Type of Exam
There will be a written final examination.
The exam will probably take place in the last week of the lecture period or in the preceeding week. → Academic Calendar
Registration for the Exam
Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.
De-Registration from the Exam
Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).