Unit International and EU migration law and policies

International relations
Study-unit Code
Migration, globalisation and world governance
Amina Maneggia
  • Amina Maneggia
  • 54 ore - Amina Maneggia
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course provides a general introduction to the international legal framework governing migration and the protection of migrants and asylum seekers, and to EU law and polices in the field. Specific contemporary issues in the fields of immigration, asylum and refugee law will also be studied.
Reference texts
V. CHETAIL, International Migration Law, Oxford, O.U.P. 2019

E. TSOURDI, Ph. De BRUYCKER, Research Handbook on EU Migration and Asylum Law, Elgar, 2022 (selected chapters)

Further readings will be made available on Unistudium
Educational objectives
The aim of this teaching is to provide students with basic knowledge and critical understanding of: 1) the International and European legal framework regulating migration and the protection of refugees and other persons in need of international protection, also in the light of international and European human rights law; 2) its application to some key issues and problems related to the contemporary migration crisis.
At the end of the course students are expected to have acquired:
• Knowledge of the core sources of International and European migration and refugee law, their main content and ongoing reforms, and a critical understanding of their application to some current migratory issues
• Knowledge of the legal constraints stemming from International Human Rights Law upon national and European migration policies
• Knowledge of the international and European institutional architecture promoting cooperation in migration governance
As to the skills, students will acquire:
• The ability to apply the legal framework studied to concrete cases
• The ability to assess current trends, debates and proposals at the national and European levels regarding legal and policy choices in the governance of migration
• The ability to provide legal expert advice on issues and cases involving the application of European and international migration law
• The ability to communicate the knowledge acquired to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
• awareness of the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge, in particular of how their expertise and its correct communication can promote the evolution of legal rules and steer social and political choices;
• a method of study and critical assessment of European and international legal documents and policies and data on migration and asylum.
Basic knowledge of EU law and Public International Law.
Teaching methods
Face-to-face lectures; guided in-class reading and debate of texts and documents; use of audio-visual materials.
Other information
Phone: +39 075 585 2468

Students with disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders
Learning verification modality
Final oral exam. The oral exam consists of a discussion-interview of about 25 minutes on the course programme. The test aims at verifying the level of knowledge and ability to make use of the theoretical tools acquired by the student.
Extended program
PART I. International Migration and Refugee Law: 1) Introduction: The migration phenomenon and its complexity; types and causes of migration including environmental migration, and legal implications; 2) Origins of international migration law (IML); 3) Founding principles of IML: rules on departure, admission and the sojourn of migrants, stemming from International Law and International Human Rights Law; 4) The Treaty Regimes of International Migration Law: a) Refugees; b) Migrant workers; c) Trafficked and Smuggles Migrants; 5) Soft Law in Global Migration Governance; 6) The Architecture of Global Migration Governance; 7) Case-studies on migration and International/European Human Rights Law.
PART II. EU Migration Law and policies. 1) Origins, legal basis and evolution of the EU migration policy (from the Treaty of Amsterdam Treaty and the Tampere Programme of Action to the New Pact on Immigration and Asylum 2020. 2) Main features and achievements in the following sectors: border control and visa policy; regular migration; fight against irregular migration; the Common European Asylum System; the external dimension of the EU migration policy.
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