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 2024
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. The EU Pact on Migration and Asylum of 2024, reforming the European migration and asylum policy, will be the object of an in-depth study
Reference texts
V. CHETAIL, International Migration Law, Oxford, O.U.P. 2019

D. THYM, European Migration Law, Oxford, OUP, 2023

Further readings will be made available on Unistudium
Educational objectives
The aim of the Course is to provide students with expert knowledge and critical understanding of: 1) international legal rules governing States' migration policies, including the protection of migrants, and the legal instruments and institutions of global migration governance; 2) the EU legal framework and institutions governing the european common policy on migration and asylum.
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 on migration governance
• 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.
Basics of Public International Law and EU Law
Teaching methods
Face-to-face lectures, including use of audio-visual materials
Other information
Phone: +39 075 585 2468

Students with disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders
Learning verification modality
Written test (optional, only for attending students); Final oral exam (compulsory, for all students).
The 1 hour-written test will consists of 30 questions on the topics of the course (26 multiple-choice questions + 4 open questions).
The oral exam consists of a discussion-interview of about 25 minutes on the topics of the course program.
For students who have taken and passed the written test, the oral test will consist of a 10 minutes discussion of the written test.
The exam aims at verifying the level of knowledge acquired and the ability communicate it.
Extended program
Part I - International Migration and Refugee Law: – Introduction to International Migration Law (The migration phenomenon and its complexity; types and causes of migration including environmental migration; Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration); – History of International Migration Law (The rise and fall of free movement; The origins of interstate cooperation on migration - 19th to 20th Century); – Founding Principles of International Migration Law (rules on departure, admission and the sojourn of migrants: The right to leave any country; regimes providing for a right of entry; the principle of non-discrimination); – The Role of International Human Rights Law for the Protection of Migrants (The Lead Function of the European Convention of Human Rights; States’‘jurisdiction’ on migrants under International Human Rights Law); – The Protection of Refugees in International Law (The Refugee Definition; The Refugee Status; The Principle of Non-Refoulement; The protection of ‘Climate Refugees’); – Inter-state cooperation on migration and the institutional architecture of Global Migration Governance (Towards a comprehensive approach to Global Migration Governance; The institutional architecture of global migration governance (IOM and the UNHCR).
Part II - European Migration Law and Policies. A) – Origins and main stages in the evolution of EU migration and asylum law and policies (Building and Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: towards a common policy on migration and asylum from Schengen to Lisbon and beyond; The 2015 Refugee crisis and the European Agenda on Migration; The Road to the New Pact on Migration and Asylum); – Institutional Prerogatives and Decision-Making in matters of migration and asylum (Review of the official tasks and everyday practice of the EU institutions on migratory matters); B): Sectoral Legislation and Policies: – Visa Policy; – Border Controls and Databases; – Common European Asylum System; – Agencies: Frontex and the EU Asylum Agency; – Legal Migration; – Fight against irregular migration; – International Cooperation with Third States. C) Focus on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum: –The EU Asylum and Migration Law after the Pact: Overview; – Pre-entry Screening; – Dublin Rules and solidarity between Member States; – Crisis and Force Majeure; – Instrumentalisation of Migrants; – Harmonisation of Asylum Procedures, Procedural Guarantees in Asylum Procedures and Safe Third Countries; – Qualification Regulation and Reception Conditions; – Resettlement Framework; – Legal Migration; – Return; Detention and Minimum Human Rights Standards; /– Cooperation with Third Countries; – Funding and Implementation of the New Pact)
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