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BDRO 1670A - International Migrations and Human Rights

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

When dealing with migration issues, States as well as entities such as the European Union are subject to a number of legal constraints that rely on International law of Human Rights or on the basic rules of General International Law. These past decades, States and the EU have tried to contain the entering migratory flows for various reasons, and have hence invented a set of legal techniques and mechanisms to by-pass these constraints. This « new » International law applicable to international migrations has a very large scope: measures pertaining to borders controls, visas, asylum, refugee law, interceptions at sea, refoulement, etc. The ‘International Migrations and Human Rights' course describes these new tools applicable to migratory flows. The course also focuses on the evolution of International law of Human rights to protect migrants. We shall see whether an approach in terms of Human rights allows guaranteeing migrants' rights.


  • DOUKOURE-PECCHIOLI, Ounia (Enseignante)
  • ZIEGLER, Elizabeth (Doctorante)

Course validation

Class Participation, including class preparation papers: 20% ; critical document review (group assignment) : 30% ; in-class exam : 50%. Students are required to write a critical essay exploring a compulsory question related to the course. The paper should reflect the student's ability to clearly articulate and logically develop an argument or idea and reference relevant scholarly literature and legal resources, to support her/his claim.


Response paper. Students are expected to prepare a 1-page response paper on the weekly readings as a written basis for discussion in class. Critical document review. Groups of students are required to turn in a 3-page critical review of one of the readings of the course. This collective review must summarize the main argument(s) of the selected documents and critically analyze the idea(s) of the author(s).

Required reading

  • K. KOSER, International Migration. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
  • R. B. LILLICH, The Human Rights of Aliens in Contemporary International Law, Melland Schill Monographs in International Law, Manchester: M.U.P., 1984
  • R. PLENDER, International Migration Law, Revised Second Edition, Dordrecht/Boston/London: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1988

Additional required reading

K. KOSER, International Migration. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007