Advanced European and international asylum and migration law and policy

Elective Courses
This course aims to critically reflect on current challenges for and tensions within European and international asylum and migration law and policy. EU Member States have ceded part of their sovereign powers as regards immigration to the European Union, following the removal of internal border controls pursuant to the Schengen Agreement. The jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of the European Court of Human Rights plays an increasingly important role in defining the contours of asylum and migration policies. Also at the international level, legal instruments regarding, for instance, refugees and labour migration have been adopted.
Introductory sessions on the structure of and key concepts within European and international asylum and migration law; actors at European and international level; legal sources; interactions between multiple levels of policy- and law-making; and tensions between state sovereignty and human rights in migration law. Nine sessions on a specific theme, divided in three clusters:
Cluster 1: Borders and security;
Cluster 2: Asylum;
Cluster 3: Migration.
In each session, a theme is analyzed as to its policy ramifications, legal translations and societal impacts.
Attention is paid to the relevance of insights from other disciplines (e.g. sociology, anthropology, criminology) for policy- and law-making on asylum and migration
Key words: 
Asylum; immigration; laws and policies; borders; security; family reunification; labour migration; detention; return; European Union; Council of Europe; United Nations
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