Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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TLS_0075 European Asylum and Migration Law 4 op
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Salvo Nicolosi
Preceding studies
Recommended: EU law, international law, public law.

General description

This course covers the core issues of European law that define the scope of international protection from a comparative and integrated perspective which focuses on the refugee definition and protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the ways the European Union (EU) has been developing a Common European Asylum System to offer protection to refugees and other 'forced migrants'. The course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the content, workings and shortcomings of European migration law and policy, taking into consideration the challenging interactions between international law, EU law and domestic law. By actively engaging with the readings, lectures and class discussions students will develop skills of legal analysis, synthesis and argumentation so that by the end of the course, students will have an understanding of both the potential, and the limits, of the scope of international protection under EU law.

Learning outcomes

The course will help students develop knowledge and skills which are essential for the understanding and legal analysis of the migratory process within the EU.
At the end of the course, students should be able to apply their knowledge on the migratory process in order to contextualize and distinguish the different legal statuses of migrants and understand political reasons and challenges for the development of a common European policy on asylum and migration.
In particular, students will be able, first, to analyze the problems posed by the increasing migratory flows in the EU, translate into legal analysis and set a correct reasoning on them.
Secondly, students should achieve a sufficient understanding and interpretation of legislation and case law in the area of asylum and migration; recognise the legal status of migrants; understand the legal transformation of Member States' political, cultural and social diversity into a common European multicultural heritage.


Introduction to Sources and Institutions of International and European Migration Law
Evolution of EC and EU normative competences for asylum and migration
EU Border Management and the System of Entry and Residence within the Schengen Area
The Common European Asylum System and its major building blocks
The Dublin System to determine the Member State responsible for an asylum application
The Reception of Asylum Seekers in the EU and its Member States
The Qualification for International Protection: The Status of Refugee under EU Law
The Qualification for International Protection: Subsidiary Protection
Temporary Protection and Mass Influx Situations
Fire at Sea (Italian: Fuocoammare): screening the 2016 Italian documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi and debate on Access to Protection - alternatives to dangerous journeys for those seeking refuge

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

(1) students will be divided into groups. Each group will be `on call` for one of the weeks of the course. `On call` students have 2 particular duties:
a) identify and elaborate 2 short questions from relevant Basic readings that will have to be submitted a few days before class;
b) be prepared to take the lead in responding to questions about the cases under discussion from the week`s materials.
(2) Questions for debate will be circulated in advance to better organize the readings and/or will be raised for in class reflection and case law analysis
(3) Presentations: Students may be asked to give short 10-min. presentations based on questions for debate and/or other topics to be circulated in advance.
Surgery hours: Teacher will run surgery hours and meet students to review class materials. This helps to assess students` progress before exams and provide timely feedback
Planned times for teaching
5 lectures of 5 hours each for a one-week course.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

- Case law analysis
- Mandatory readings
- In class participation and guided study
- Post class self-assessment
75% attendance is required

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Class participation and presentation 50% Home exam 50%

Study materials

P. Boeles, M. den Heijer, G. Lodder, K. Wouters, European Migration Law, 2nd edition (hardback), Antwerp, Intersentia, 2014.
This book provides an overview of the state of EU migration law in 2014. It explores the meaning of EU legislation on migration in the light of fundamental rights and principles of EU law as explained in leading case-law of the European courts. Additional readings and cases will be provided throughout the course.

Further information

Time: Spring term
Necessary update case law and legislation will be commented on throughout all lectures and adequate supporting material will be circulated.
SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 30 students. 1/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students of the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:
1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students

Belongs to following study modules

Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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Oikeusnotaarin tutkinto
Oikeustieteen maisterin tutkinto
MDP in Law and Information Society
Oikeustieteen tohtorin tutkinto
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