Refugee Law and Human Rights


Higher postgraduate course, first semester.

Course co-ordinator: Dr Fatima Khan

Pre-requisites: See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

Course Outline:
Part 1 of the course will set out the origins, developments and established principles of refugee rights in international human rights law. Through this discussion students will acquire a thorough understanding of the 1951 UN Convention relating to the status of refugees and certain regional instruments, in particular the OAU Convention, and the South African Refugees Act.

Part 2 will focus on the regime of rights protected by the various instruments. Through a series of seminars students will undertake an analysis of the substance of specific rights (please note that the rights under discussion will change from year to year).

Part 3 will conclude the course by focusing on contemporary issues in refugee law. Under discussion in 2015 will be the question of a “lasting peace” in Rwanda and the pre-mature recommendations of cessation for Rwandans.

DP requirements: Satisfactory attendance at, and participation in, lectures and seminar sessions and completion of written work.

Assessment: 50% by way of written assignment, and 50% by means of a written examination.

Visit the Refugee Rights Project website.