Boston University School of Law

JD930 Refugee and Asylum Law (S)


This seminar will review the international legal framework for refugee protection and resettlement as a background and comparison for U.S. refugee and asylum law and policy. Students will learn about the major international instruments governing refugee law, and will then compare the application of those instruments by particular states. After understanding the context and development of international norms, students will study the U.S. asylum regime, including the statutory structure and processes for refugee admissions, asylum and withholding of deportation, temporary protected status, and related protections. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.