This course provides a survey of U.S. treatment of foreign refugee and political asylees and a comparison to international humans rights law and policy. Students will examine relevant regulations, statutes, and international treaties, including Convention Against Torture. Students will study key administrative and judicial decisions that provide the framework for US refugee law. Students will gain familiarity with procedural and substantive rules and the appeal structure. Topics include but are not limited to definition of "persecution"- both objective and subjective, affirmative applications for asylum versus defensive claims, exclusion and exceptions to eligibility for political asylum, refugee applicants and the role of US embassies and NGOs, and the demands on attorneys- both intellectual and emotional, when working with victims of persecution.
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