Refugees and Economic Migrants


Course Objective

(a) Subject-specific learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student has academic knowledge and
insight of the:
• Core doctrines and system of (European and international) and
administrative law, including recent developments in the afore-mentioned
fields, in particular of:
• The legal meaning of sovereignty, including (limitations to)
jurisdiction and the effect of international and union law.
• The rule of law, including state liability.
• Regulation, including formal sources of law and standard setting and
soft law.
- Constitutionalism, in particular human rights law.
- Law of organizations, in particular as regards the UN and the EU.
• Relation between international and domestic law, as well as the
special position of European Union law.
(b) Academic learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student is able to:
• Read primary legal sources, detect and analyse structures of legal
reasoning and distinguish between principled and peripheral matters of
• Identify different legal regimes that regulate migration, in
particular of refugees and of EU citizens
• Summarize and articulate legal rules and principles, jurisprudence and
academic literature pertaining on the legal regulation of migration
• Apply legal rules to (simplified) cases involving the regulation of
• Offer interpretations of rules in light of changing circumstances

(c) Social and communication learning outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student is able to:
• Present her analysis of jurisprudence or academic writings
• Write a structured essay, based on relevant legal sources and
observations made during study visit
• Provide feedback on the work of other students
• Work as member of a team of students who have diverse (national,
cultural, disciplinary) backgrounds.
• Find relevant legal rules and principles, jurisprudence and academic
literature pertaining to terrorism and counter terrorism
• Select reliable sources to solve basic legal problems

Course Content

The Course “Refugees and economic migrants” studies the legal regulation
of human mobility, in particular of refugees and EU citizens within
Europe. It dies so thorough the following lenses:
• Public international law
• European law
• Administrative law
• Human rights law

Through a study of the phenomenon of migration, students are introduced
to a number of concepts of international, European, human rights and
administrative law, in particular state liability and the law of
international organizations. The course elaborates on elements
introduced in earlier courses, such as jurisdiction, sources of law and
standard setting, and the special position of the EU.
The course furthermore develops the student’s skills to reflect on how
migrants are defined (e.g. as refugees, family members, economic
migrants, EU citizens and third country nationals), the different
approaches adopted as regards these categories and how these approaches
are reflected in legislation and case-law. In particular, students
discuss during the course how the UN, EU and states seek to regulate
migration, focusing on global movements of refugees and the regionalfree
movement of EU citizens.

Teaching Methods

Seminars (Attendance is mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Written exam

General Information

Course Code R_REMi
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration