University of Technology Sydney

78285 Refugee Law and Practice

Requisite(s): ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (70106 Principles of Public International Law AND 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice)
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These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 78013 Refugee Law and Practice


To enrol in this subject students must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the CareerHub form. EOIs are assessed until the cap is reached.


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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