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LAWS403 Immigration and Refugee Law

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 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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

Teaching staff

Dr Lili Song


Recommended reading:

"Immigration and Refugee Law" - Doug Tennent; Katy Armstrong; Peter Moses (3rd edition, LexisNexis, 2017)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Understand the phenomenon of migration and forced migration
  • Understand theories and practice of immigration and refugee law
  • 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
  • Design and execute a research project on immigration and refugee law

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22