Human Rights of Aliens

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
IV
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Academic Program: 
Master of Laws in Human Rights
Instructor(s): 
Charlotte Steinorth

While all human beings on account of their humanity should enjoy the fullest protection of their rights, aliens are often among the most vulnerable groups in societies facing severe human rights violations. This is particularly true in times of crises when governments have resorted to restrictions that undermine the principle of non-discrimination. The course explores who non-citizens are and examines the principle of equality in human rights law before addressing specific legal regimes protecting certain groups of aliens, including stateless persons, refugees, migrant workers and trafficked persons. The course aims to familiarize students with diverse international legal regimes protecting the rights of aliens and seeks to raise awareness for their special plight.
Assessment will be by way of class participation (10%) and written examination (90%).