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LAWS403 Immigration and Refugee Law

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Introduction to NZ immigration and refugee law, including citizenship, visas, refugee status, deportation and judicial review.

Paper title Immigration and Refugee Law
Paper code LAWS403
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to

Faculty of Law

Teaching staff

Dr Lili Song


Course materials available from the Faculty.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the phenomenon of migration and forced migration and theories of immigration law and policy;
  • Understand and explain the legal concepts of citizenship, visa, refugee status, protected person status and deportation;
  • Understand and apply the provisions of the New Zealand Citizenship Act 1977 and the New Zealand Immigration Act 2009;
  • Critically reflect on the relations between state interest and the human rights of individuals evident in immigration and refugee law and policy; and
  • Design and execute a research project on NZ immigration and refugee law.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41