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Cuba Field Study

Cuba Field Study

Cuba Field Study: March 18 – March 22, 2019

During the Spring 2019 semester, students will enroll in a course taught by Lauris Wren, which will meet on Tuesdays from 4:10 – 5:30pm. The course will be structured around the field study in Cuba – classes will start the first Tuesday of the semester (January 15, 2019) and wrap up with the trip to Cuba!

Sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Registration Deadline

Students will enroll in the Cuba Field Study program during Spring 2019 registration.

Course meets Tuesdays from 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.

Course Code: LAW 2817 – Comparative Refugee and Asylum Law CRN 24933

REQUIRES APPROVAL from Director Johnson


Once enrolled, all application materials must be submitted as soon as possible to ensure your receipt of a valid travel visa.

Course Description

LAW 2817 – Comparative Refugee and Asylum Law (CRN: 24933)

Professor Lauris Wren

Throughout this century, millions of refugees have been forced to flee their homes to escape persecution, war, and other threats, and the world has been forced to respond to these crises. This course will look at the international development of modern refugee law. The primary text will be Refugee Law and Policy, A Comparative and International Approach, by Musalo, Moore, & Boswell (Carolina Academic Press). We will examine the treatises and instruments that have attempted to address the problems facing refugees and displaced people, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 United Nations Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status, and the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. We will review how refugees have been defined and treated in the United States, and we will compare United States asylum law to the laws of various other countries. If time allows, we will discuss the treatment of specific types of asylum/refugee claims, including claims based on gender, sexual orientation, and religion. This course requires travel to Havana, Cuba during Spring Break 2019. Once enrolled in this course, contact Heather Johnson for further logistical details.

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