LAWS323-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Immigration and Refugee Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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; and
  • reflect on the tensions between national interest and the rights of individuals evident in immigration and refugee law and policy.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Course Coordinator

Natalie Baird


Evelyn Dyer


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 31 Mar 2023 30%
Weekly Quizzes and Exercises x 5 10%
Optional Book Review 01 May 2023 10%
Final Examination 60%

Assessment tasks and dates will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Doug Tennent, Katy Armstrong, Peter Moses; Immigration and refugee law ; Revised 3rd edition; LexisNexis, Wellington, 2017.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,488.00

* 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

  • LAWS323-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023