LAWS323-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Immigration and Refugee Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


An examination of selected domestic and international issues in immigration and refugee law.

This course provides an introduction to immigration and refugee law in New Zealand, with particular focus on the Immigration Act 2009.  The course will cover the basic features of the 2009 Act, with approximately half the course spent considering immigration issues and the other half of the course on refugee law.

The refugee component of the course will review the international protections available under the Refugee Convention, and the associated protections under the Convention Against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and their domestic equivalents - "refugee status" and "protected person status" in New Zealand.

The immigration component of the course will include the following topics: visas, appeals, deportation and citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand, interpret and apply the Immigration Act 2009, the Citizenship Act 1977 and the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual;
  • Identify legal issues in immigration and refugee factual scenarios and construct responses to those issues;
  • Understand, interpret and apply New Zealand’s international human rights obligations in the context of immigration and refugee law;
  • Reflect on the tensions between national interest and the rights of individuals evident in immigration and refugee law and policy.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalie Baird


Tina Yee


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 10 Apr 2017 25% Essay
Optional Book Review 03 May 2017 10% Optional Book Review
5 x Quizzes and Exercises 10%
Final Examination 65% Final Exam

The assessment in the course is likely to consist of a 2,500 word opinion (25%), immigration quizzes (10%), an optional book review (10%) and a final exam (55-65%).

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Doug Tennent; Immigration and Refugee Law ; 2nd ed; LexisNexis, 2014.

Guy Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam; The Refugee in International Law ; 3rd ed; OUP, 2007.

James Hathaway and Michelle Foster; The Law of Refugee Status ; 2nd ed; CUP, 2014.

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS323 Occurrences

  • LAWS323-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017