Refugee and Asylum Law
This course explores the U.S. treatment of foreign refugees and political asylees. It closely examines relevant regulations, statutes, and international treaties, including the most recent ratification of the Convention Against Torture. Students study both administrative and judicial decisions. The course exposes students to the adjudication of claims for political asylum and the procedural rules that are an integral part of the immigration law system. Topics include, but are not limited to, the consideration of the nature of the persecution and the treatment of economic migrant; the detention of applicants for political asylum; racial and national origin discrimination or political bias in the system; exclusion and exceptions to eligibility for political asylum; and ethical and emotional demands on the participants.