International Migration Law

Subject LAWS70365 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit:


For more information, contact the Melbourne Law Masters office.

Phone: +61 3 8344 6190

Subject Overview:

International migration is a topic of ever-increasing interest as a result of globalisation of labour markets, and demographic pressures in sending and receiving States. This subject equips students to understand the framework of international law that regulates the flow of people across international borders as regular or irregular migrants. It also equips students to understand the human rights of migrants who live or work in countries outside the State of their nationality. The subject has an international focus but will draw on case studies of special relevance to Australia, which has been a major migrant-receiving country for over 60 years.

Principal topics will include:

  • Contemporary patterns of international migration
  • Nationality and statelessness
  • Regulating entry of persons
  • Regulating exit of persons
  • Refugees and asylum-seekers
  • International labour migration
  • International human rights of migrants
  • Human trafficking and smuggling
  • Emerging migration issues.
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed this subject should:

  • Have knowledge of the principles of customary international law relevant to international migration
  • Have knowledge of different international treaties and instruments relevant to international migration
  • Be able to apply the customary and treaty principles to solve practical legal problems
  • Be able to evaluate and critique immigration laws and practices relative to international legal principles
  • Understand the main international institutions and processes relevant to contemporary international migration flows.
  • Take-home examination (100%) (13 – 16 June)
  • 10,000 word research paper (100%) (9 July) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator
Prescribed Texts:

Core subject materials will be provided free of charge to all students. Some subjects require further texts to be purchased. Details regarding any prescribed texts will be provided prior to the commencement of the subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Related Course(s): Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)

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