Migration and Legal Remedies

2019-2020

Course Objective

After this course, the student will be able to:
• Map out the most important national, EU and international actors
playing a role in decision-making and legal protection in migration law
and describe their role.
• Establish which (inter)national legal remedy is (or should be)
available and is most effective in a particular migration law case
taking into account the relevant factors such as nationality and
residence status of the migrant concerned, rights at stake, actors
involved etc.
• Apply the procedural rules (admissibility requirements, time-limits
etc.) specific to an international court (ECtHR or CJEU) or UN body.
• Apply the right to an effective remedy and other procedural
requirements following from international and EU law to a complex
migration law case.
• Analyse how national law, EU law and international law in the field of
legal remedies interact.
• Write a well-structured and argued legal argument, using different
legal sources and literature.
• Orally present a legal argument in a clear and convincing way.

Course Content

In current instruments of EU immigration and asylum law, we see that
different legal protection regimes apply to different categories of
migrants. The availability and the scope of legal remedies may depend on
a number of factors: the (human) rights which are at stake, the
nationality or the legal status of the person concerned, the purpose of
migration, the actor which has taken a decision or has taken action
against the migrant or even the territory in which the person concerned
is located. Legal protection should normally be offered by the national
courts of a State. National law and practices with regard to the
availability of and access to legal protection for migrants should
comply with requirements of both EU and international law. At the same
time international courts such as the Court of Justice of the European
Union (CJEU), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and other
supervising bodies play an important (subsidiary) role in the legal
protection of migrants. Significant interaction takes place between
national courts and these international courts and bodies.
This course addresses the legal protection of migrants. The first part
of the course will give an introduction to the topic. It addresses
amongst others the importance and development of legal remedies for
migrants, the right to an effective remedy, the system and accessibility
of legal remedies on the national, EU and international level and the
interaction between the European courts. The second part of the course
will focus on the availability and accessibility of legal protection in
several particular fields of migration law.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, working groups and moot court sessions.

In the first part of this course three interactive lectures will
introduce the topic of legal remedies. The second part of the course
deals with several specific themes (for example asylum procedures).
There will be one interactive lecture on each of these themes. Each
lecture will be followed by a moot court session. During these moot
court sessions teams of students will present a case as migration
lawyers, representatives of the State or other relevant parties. The
moot court sessions will be held before different courts and bodies
(including the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice
of the European Union). Students are required to attend the moot court
sessions.

Method of Assessment

A written exam which counts for 60%.
An oral presentation during the moot court session which counts for 40%.

Entry Requirements

Participants need to comply with the admission requirements of the
master track International Migration and Refugee Law. See:
http://www.vu.nl/nl/opleidingen/masteropleidingen/opleidingenoverzicht/p

Literature

Literature will be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

Students of the master specialisation International Migration and
Refugee Law
Students of the master specialisation Conflicthantering, rechtspraak en
mediation
All other master, exchange and contract students who meet the admission
requirements of the master track International Migration and Refugee
Law. See:
http://masters.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-migration-refugee-law/i

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

Additional Information

Eindtermen Migration and Legal Remedies - Hoe draagt het vak bij aan
de eindtermen van de opleiding?

Een student die het vak Migrantion and Legal Remedies heeft afgerond:
1. heeft diepgaande en specialistische kennis van en inzicht in minimaal
één deelgebied van het recht
2. heeft inzicht in de samenhang tussen verschillende onderdelen van het
recht, met inbegrip van het nationale en internationale recht.

De student beschikt verder over de volgende vaardigheden:
5. een probleem vanuit verschillende deelgebieden op een integratieve
manier benaderen;
6. literatuur en juridische bronnen diepgaand analyseren en
interpreteren en kritisch
beschouwen (waar relevant ook in de Engelse taal, waar relevant ook op
nieuwe
rechtsgebieden);
8. complexe casus diepgaand analyseren en interpreteren en zelfstandig
juridische oplossingen
aandragen;
9. complexe juridische problemen onderkennen, analyseren en oplossen.
11. schriftelijk presenteren van een wetenschappelijk juridisch betoog
13. met argumenten onderbouwde mening formuleren over een complex
juridisch probleem of een nieuwe ontwikkeling

Recommended background knowledge

Students who are not familiar with European Migration Law are advised to
read the book P. Boeles, M. den Heijer, G. Lodder and K. Wouters,
European Migration Law (2nd edition, Intersentia, 2014) and watch the
web lectures placed on Canvas.

General Information

Course Code R_MLR
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator mr. dr. A.M. Reneman
Examiner mr. dr. A.M. Reneman
Teaching Staff mr. dr. A.M. Reneman

Practical Information

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