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1st Edition

Teaching Migration and Asylum Law
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780367765781
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

This highly topical book demonstrates the theoretical and practical importance of the study of migration law. It outlines approaches that may be taken in the design, delivery and monitoring of this study in law schools and universities to ensure an optimum level of learning.

Drawing on examples of best practice from around the world, this book uses a theoretical framework and examples from real clients to simulations to help promote the learning and teaching of the law affecting migrants. It showcases contributions from over 30 academics and practitioners experienced in asylum and immigration law and helps to unpick how to teach the complex international laws and procedures relating to migration between different countries and regions. The various sections of the book explore educational best practice, what content can be covered,  models for teaching and learning, strategies to deal with challenges and ways forward.

The book will appeal to scholars, researchers and practitioners of migration and asylum law, those teaching migration law electives and involved in curriculum design, as well as students of international, common and civil law.

Table of Contents

Foreword United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,

Introduction Richard Grimes, Vera Honuskova and Ulrich Stege

Part 1: A framework for learning and teaching

Chapter 1 The theory behind (more) effective learning and teaching.

Richard Grimes and Simona Travnickova

Part 2: What to teach: content and subject


Chapter 2 –Creating a Refugee Law Reader: from a teaching tool to a handbook

Boldizsar Nagy

Chapter 3 –Public interest lawyering and cosmopolitanism: a model for teaching immigration law

Omar Madhloom

Chapter 4Therapeutic jurisprudence in an asylum and refugee family reunion clinic

James Marson, Katy Ferris and Anna Kawalek

Chapter 5 –Exploring migration and migrants’ rights in clinical legal education: two case studies

Irene Antonopoulos, Paulina Ramírez Carvajal and Miguel Ángel Ramiro Avilés

Chapter 6 –An overview of the teaching of Refugee Law at the University of Cape Town, Law Faculty

Fatima Khan

Chapter 7 –Developing student research skills in migration clinics

Shaun McCarthy and Hannah Williams

Part 3: How to teach: teaching and learning models

Section A – Working with real clients


Chapter 8 –Learning and teaching immigration law through experience: law school clinical programs

Richard Boswell, Megan Ballard and Stacy Caplow

Chapter 9 –Developing a regional service for asylum seekers

Petronilla Ruth Sylvester, Carolina Moreno Velásquez and Gracy Pelacani,

Chapter 10 –Teaching clinic within a practice of injustice:  what clinical legal education with asylum-seekers can teach Australian students about inequity.

Mary Anne Kenny and Anna Copeland

Chapter 11 - Meeting the needs of clients and students - two Australian case studies: Flinders Migration Clinic, and Refugee and Immigration Legal Service 

Sanzhuan Guo and Robert Lachowicz,

Chapter 12 – Clinical Legal Education within the European-Mediterranean asylum and migration context – inside views from Valencia and Turin.

Ulrich Stege, Cecilia Blengino, and Andrés Gascón-Cuenca

Chapter 13 –Clinical legal education and migration: challenges in the academy.

Saša Zagorc,

Chapter 14 - The StrEEt Aware Law Clinic – EU Settlement Scheme Law Clinic at the University of Edinburgh

Rebecca Samaras

Section B – Using simulation and other approaches


Chapter 15 Simulated role play: bridging the ‘knowing/doing gap’ in refugee law and policy

Laurie Berg

Chapter 16 Using Live Action Role-Play in teaching migration and refugee law

Věra Honusková, Martin Faix and Kristýna Obrdlíková

Chapter 17 Teaching refugee law through moot courts

Bríd Ní Ghráinne:

Chapter 18 Theoretical foundations of gaming in teaching the functioning and future of European Migration- let’s play!

Tesseltje de Lange, Karen Geertsema and Sandra Mantu

Chapter 19 Using real-life cases as a basis for learning: experiences from Amsterdam and Zagreb

Iris Goldner Lang, Marcelle Reneman

Chapter 20 Studying online: the opportunities and challenges for the teaching of migration law

Rhonson Salim

Part 4: Challenges, strategies and ways forward


Chapter 21 On building a boat (or, learning how not to teach refugee law)

Martin Jones

Chapter 22 The clinic as a base for holistic study.

Ulrich Stege

Chapter 23 The Migration Specialization programme: a laboratory for teaching migration and refugee law

Vera Honuskova


Richard Grimes, Vera Honuskova and Ulrich Stege

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Richard Grimes is a Solicitor who has specialised in publicly funded and pro bono cases. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and at Edinburgh Law School, Scotland. He has devoted his time to developing experiential learning in universities - at home and abroad - and has published widely on the design, delivery and evaluation of legal education. 

Věra Honusková is a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic where she specializes in migration and refugee law. She has published extensively in this and related fields and has established a program developing students’ knowledge, legal skills and ethical and professional values in the field of migration and refugee law using a variety of teaching methods.

Ulrich Stege is Director of the Clinical Legal Education Programme at the International University College of Turin, Italy. In addition to his role at the IUC, he is a practicing lawyer and member of the Italian and German bars, mainly in the field of migration and asylum. He has been active in promoting clinical legal education in Europe and abroad.


"There is perhaps no more timely topic than migration. In this volume, the editors and legal educators have packaged the what and the how - with an emphasis on workability, sustainability, and practicality. Authored by an international and interdisciplinary array of scholars and lawyers who have "lived law," the text is designed for teachers, students and anyone active in the field to study and practise in a civil or common law context, with an appreciation and application of the best clinical and other hands-on learning methods."

Stephen A. Rosenbaum, Frank C. Newman Lecturer in Law, University of California, Berkeley