Immigration and Refugee Law

Course number: LAW 3212

Second and third year – elective

Course Description & Objectives:

This course introduces students to the Canadian and international legal framework of immigration and refugee law, the place of refugee law within the Canadian immigration system, the various means of entry into Canada (humanitarian, economic, family, temporary, visitor) and the ethical and public policy considerations at play in admission and removal decisions.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and interpret key provisions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations.
  • Assess how government policy affects the implementation and effect of the law.
  • Discuss the role of international law in domestic law.
  • Formulate positions on the law and decision-making as well as evaluate public policy and ethical debates surrounding the Canadian admission and removal of individuals.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired in the course in the form of clear, persuasive written assignments.


Required: Sharryn J. Aiken et al, eds., Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Emond-Montgomery, 2015).  Note that this text has been substantially revised and updated – the 2007 edition will not serve as an adequate substitute.

Optional: Peter Showler, Refugee Sandwich: Stories of Exile and Asylum (McGill-Queen’s University Press: 2006).

Both texts are available from UofM Bookstore or on reserve in the Law Library.

Course Evaluation:

  1. Case Summaries (20%)
  2. Written Reflection (20%)
  3. Research Assignment (50%)
    1. Abstract (10%)
    2. Annotated Bibliography (20%)
    3. Opinion Piece (20%)
  4. Class Attendance and Participation (10%)

INSTRUCTOR: Shauna Labman

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