University of Technology Sydney

78285 Refugee Law and Practice



This subject introduces students to the legal principles and procedures of international refugee law and their application within a domestic context. Students learn about the historical development of refugee law in the Australian context and evaluate the key features and limitations of the current refugee status determination system in Australia. Students are exposed to the practical realities of refugee law and practice through a clinical experience, accompanied by seminar-style teaching. This practical work is supervised by UTS Law staff in conjunction with a local refugee legal organisation.

Students are given the unique opportunity to apply their academic learning to a professional context by undertaking research and drafting submissions informing real-life refugee casework. This helps deepen students' understanding of refugee law and policy and gives them a critical understanding of refugee status determination. By working on real-life refugee cases, students gain practice-based, cross-cultural skills and insights necessary for work as a refugee lawyer.

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