This course is funded by Jean Monnet Module 2017-2020 (587001-EPP-1-2017-1-AL- EPPJMO-MODULE). Its main goal is to be an important academic centre to develop multidisciplinary courses in up-to-date topics. In particular, the master course “Refugee Law” points out the complexity to understand the socio-economic and legal framework regarding refugee movement in the national, European and international context. The course Refugee Law was selected for several reasons. First, the distinction between ‘economic migrants’ and ‘refugees’ is challenging. Second, and more importantly, the current refugee crisis has added further problems to an EU that was already facing the European debt crisis. As result of this unhappiness towards EU policy, in June 2016 UK decided to opt out EU and in October 2016 Hungary tried to stop the implementation of the EU’s migrant relocation plans. As result of these recent events, academia is talking about the basis of “EU identity” and is questioning EU asylum policy. These recent events can also be the result of law competition in refugee policy: although EU shares a common asylum policy (Dublin Regulation III), some EU Member States are applying administrative rules to challenge EU harmonization by negatively impacting on the common EU refugee law. The course will be delivered in Student-center approach to learning. The instructor’s primary role will be to facilitate student comprehension of material. In addition, the lecturer will apply an innovative teaching strategy by using the previous work experiences gained in some of the best European centres. Furthermore, the academic team will apply a practical approach through the analysis of case-law. This leads to a better understanding of the teaching materials. In addition to the Module leader who will teach the largest portion of each course, the courses will also include guest lectures from the Key Staff Members of UNYT, who have been working in similar topics.
Master student at UNYT, Law curricula. Nevertheless, this course can be offered as a selected course for other curricula – in particular, political science or International Relations – if your advisor suggests it.
Denard Veshi is the youngest faculty member at the Department of Law and Humanities at UNYT. In January 2016, Dr. Veshi was awarded his Ph.D. title in “Law, Science and Technology”. From October 2015, Dr. Veshi has been conducting research on the protection of refugee rights. In addition to that, from September 2016, Dr. Veshi has been a Lecturer at UNYT. Although he is lecturing at UNYT he is also active as a researcher at Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at University of Haifa (Israel) by successfully succeeding on both tasks.
Associate Professor Darjel Sina holds a Post Doc from University of Zurich. His topic in this research was the Immigration Law in Europe and especially in Switzerland. Prof. Ass. Sina has finished his Ph.D at the Faculty of Law in Athens (National Kapodistrian University of Athens). Also, at the same university, he did his Master of Science with a focus on European Studies and his Bachelor in Law.Currently he has become a member of the Vetting Commission who will control the ethical and economic liability of Albanian judges.
Dr. Enkelejda Koka has obtained a LLM in European Law, at Queen Mary University, London, UK (with honors); completed a Legal Practice Course (LPC) at College of Law (distinction), London, UK; a LLB in law at University of Greenwich, London, UK; and was awarded with the doctor title with a thesis in the area of European and international human rights law (Irregular migration by sea: a critical analysis of EU and EU member state extraterritorial practice in light of international law) from University of Kent, London, UK. Dr. Koka has practiced in a UK law firm for more than a year as a paralegal. Her main casework was on extradition (Albanian cases), criminal and immigration cases.
Hektor Ruci, LLM, is a member of the Law Program. He graduated at University of Athens in Political Science and Public Administration. He also holds a LLM degree in International Law with focus on Human rights by the University of Greenwich (UK). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Bremen, Germany. His thesis deals with the protection of minorities in Albania. Mr. Ruci was associated with UNYT after a 7 years experience at the Supreme Court of Albania as the Director of Research and Foreign Relations department of that Court. His main area of interest and expertise are the protection of national minorities rights.
- Ilir Kalemaj, holds a PhD from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. He is currently Coordinator of Political Science BA program, Director of MA in International Relations at University of New York Tirana and Head of Department of Social Sciences. He has published a myriad of scholarly papers in international and national peer-reviewed journals and has participated in more than 30 national and international conferences. Dr. Kalemaj is dealing now with issues about democratic consolidation, political culture and question of nationalism, as well as EU Integration processes and EU security.
- 2018-2019 (room: B2D)
- 2018-2019 (Colab)
- 2019-2020 (to be decided)
There will be two in-class exams during the semester. The first will be the midterm exam, accounting for 20% of the grade; and the second will be the final exam, accounting for another 30% of the grade. The midterm exam will consist in 20 multiple-choice questions and two open questions related to weeks 1 though 6 of course; while the final will include 30 multiple-choice questions and four open questions related to all the lessons of the course. There will also be a research paper on one of the aspects of refugee law. This paper shall be submitted within the last day of class and it will be count for 25% of their grade. The paper topic will be chosen by the student with the approval of the instructor within the fifth class. The paper shall be between 10 to 15 pages in length (double spaced): plagiarism is strictly prohibited. In week 14, students shall present their papers. This presentation will account 5%. At the beginning of each class, one of the students will make a short summary of the previous lecturer. This will account 5% of the total grade. The active participation in class and the resolving the case-law at the end of each lecturer shall account 15% of the final grade.
- Midterm Exam: 20%
- Final Exam: 30%
- Final Paper: 25% + 5% for the presentation
- Summary: 5%
- Resolving case-law and class participation: 15%
- Analysis of the 1951 Convention
- Factors for the compliance with the 1951 Convention
- EU refugee law
- Albanian refugee law
- Correlation between crimes and refugees
- Correlation between national labor market and refugees
- Completion law in refugee field
- Variables that impact on refugee choice to flee
- Terrorism and refugee
- European Convention on Human Rights,
- Convention related to the status of Refugee
EU Refugee Law
- Directive 2013/33/EU of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection (recast),
- Directive 2013/32/EU on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection (recast),
- Directive 2008/115/EC of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals,
- Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted,
- Directive 2001/55/EC of 20 July 2001 on minimum standards for giving temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons and on measures promoting a balance of efforts between Member States in receiving such persons and bearing the consequences thereof
Albanian Refugee Law
- Law no. 121 of September 18th, 2014
- Factors for the compliance with the 1951 Convention
- Legal ontology of the Albanian case-law in refugee field.
- Application of Albanian refugee law in coherence with the international and European law.
Every Wednesday 14:00-16:00 at UNYT, Department of Law and Humanities. However, students can also ask questions via email (email@example.com) or Skype (denard.veshi1). In addition, UNYT team can arrange a private colloquium for interested parties in this topic.
Please notice, that during office hours, also for students, scholars, public employees dealing with refugee protection and members of the public society can ask further questions too.
- May 2017 – Dr. Denard Veshi was invited as visiting fellow at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) in May 2017. This activity was financed by Erasmus + ICM program. During his stay there, he met local scholars interested on migration and refugee law. At METU, he held several open lectures and two seminars.
- October 2017 – On October 17th, 2017, a meeting with the members of the course leaded by Dr. Denard Veshi was held. The team showed enthusiasm in implementing this course. The exact implementation of the course as sent to the Erasmus+ Committee was emphasised. The minutes can be found here.
- November 2017 – students successfully concluded the mid-term exam on Refugee Law. Some of them also took the highest grade possible. During the first part of the course, students show academic interest in this topic and have also asked for additional materials.
- January 2018 – students send the first draft of the final paper. The team was suppressed from the high quality of part of the class. In addition, the team – leaded by Dr. D. Veshi encourage all the participants to increase their qualitative research.
- February 2018 – students presented their papers. The good use of PPT was the result of continues meetings with the students during the official hours.
- February 2018 – students made the final exam. The average result of the course ‘Refugee Law’ is successful.
- February 2018 – On February 29th, 2018 a meeting with the members of the course leaded by Dr. Denard Veshi was held. The team confirmed the correct coherence between the proposal won and the concrete implementation. The minute can be found here.
- March 2018 – On March 5th and 6th, Mr. Guido di Fiore (Head of Sector Finance and Contracts Unit EACEA) visited UNYT in order to check the progress of Jean Monnet Activities. Some pictures of this meeting can be found below.
- March 2018 – Av. Koka will in April 2018 defend her thesis in the area of European and international human rights law (Irregular migration by sea: a critical analysis of EU and EU member state extraterritorial practice in light of international law) from University of Kent, London, UK.
- March 2018 – Av. Koka was awarded with the doctor title with a thesis in the area of European and international human rights law (Irregular migration by sea: a critical analysis of EU and EU member state extraterritorial practice in light of international law) from University of Kent, London, UK.
- May 2018 – UNYT plans to organize a 2-days workshop around one month after final publication of yearly volumes. The purpose of this workshop is to further disseminate the critical reasoning in refugee law also for students, scholars, public employees dealing with refugee protection and public society who were not part of the yearly call for papers. After a general welcome to all the participants, the academic staff will be divided into five groups that will correspond with five different sections: Dr. Veshi (the economic effects of refugee protection); Ass. Prof. Darjel Sina (the immigration policy); Av. Koka (the protection of refugee rights in Mediterranean area); LLM. Hektor Ruci (protection of minorities groups); and Dr. Kalemaj (EU policy in refugee law). Further details have been already sent to other public and private local universities here.
- May 2018 – UNYT successfully organized the 2-days workshop ‘Protection of Refugee Rights in the Mediterranean Area’. The goal of it was to help students to additionally increase their oral skills in addition to further disseminate the critical reasoning in refugee law and to raise concerns about the current refugee crisis. The workshop completed its aim accordingly to its schedule. Here you can find some pictures regarding it.
- June 2018 – On June 28th, 2018 a meeting with the members of the course leaded by Dr. Denard Veshi was held. The minute can be found here.
- July 2018 – Dr. Denard Veshi, leader of this Module, was invited to hold a lecture at University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy.
- October 2018 – On October 10th, 2018, Dr. Denard Veshi, leader of this Module, was invited to hold a lecture during the Working Lunch Seminars at Europa Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland.
- December 2018 – The first joint paper between Dr. Enkelejda Koka and Dr. Denard Veshi was fully accepted by European Journal of Migration and Law. This is an international double peer review journal and is also indexed in web of science, google scholar and Thomson Reuters.
- February 2019 – UNYT successfully organized the 2-days workshop ‘The Economic Impact of Refugees in the Host Countries’. The goal of it was to help students of the academic year 2018-2019 to additionally increase their oral skills and academic skills in addition to present their papers in a conference style. The workshop completed its aim accordingly to its schedule. Here you can find some pictures regarding it:
- February 2019 – a meeting with the members of the course leaded by Dr. Denard Veshi was held. The minute can be found here.
- March 2019 – The first joint paper between Dr. Enkelejda Koka and Dr. Denard Veshi was published by European Journal of Migration and Law here.
- Students evaluations here
The course ‘Refugee Law’ was quite interesting for me. I had the opportunity to follow all the lessons given by different lecturers, who had a diverse background. I am sure that this course will help me for other courses, such as ‘Domestic and International Human Rights Law’ or ‘Public International Law’. I appreciated the interdisciplinary approach. Moreover, during the course, I had the chance to write a semi-academic paper. I except that other UNYT students of the following years will read my paper and analytically think about my approach. Concluding, I would definitely recommend the course ‘Refugee Law’ to other students. - Laerta Toci
The course ‘Refugee Law’ offered by UNYT was interesting for me. I followed all the lessons. I appreciated the economic interpretation of international refugee law, which gives a different standpoint compared to the majority current international literature focused on human right perspective. UNYT gave me – as to the other students – the great advantage to publish a small contribution. Moreover, writing a paper in this course will help me to write the final master dissertation. - Ema Dertli
- Students evaluations here
Refugee Law course has been a great experience for me as a law student. In this course, we learned many new aspects regarding the field of human rights. Since the refugee crisis is a wide spread phenomenon nowadays, we as future lawyers managed to understand how the process of asking for refugee status and its granting or non-granting proceeds. A major highlight was also brought regarding the differences of a refugee and an economic migrant, economic interpretation of the refugee law, detailed analysis of the 1951 Convention “Relating to the Status of Refugees” and many other topics followed by case-law studies. This course gave us the opportunity as well to write a research paper by exploring new areas of refugee law. I am delighted to publish in the official webpage of UNYT my research paper. - Doriana Qoli
I really enjoyed the “Refugee Law” class. It was one of my favorite classes this semester. The course materials were interesting, and the instructor was knowledgeable, and willing to help students. I liked the in-class examples to help remember the material. Also, the course requires the students to write a research paper which really helps them in developing their writing skills. I would recommend this class to all majors because anyone could learn a great deal and the exams were even challenging and fair to every student. - Laert Gjata
- I am not a student of UNYT. Can I participate in this course?
Jean Monnet Module is reserved only to students enrolled at the University who has won this project. Nevertheless, you can come during the annual workshop or during the office hours in addition to ask us an individual colloquium.
- I am not a researcher. Can I still be part of the workshops?
Definitely, yes. The goal of the workshop is to disseminate knowledges about protection of rights of vulnerable groups; in particular, refugee rights. Therefore, everyone is welcome to participate in these workshops, as participant or as active member by presenting his/her work.
- I plan to be part of UNYT in the future. Will this course be given after the financing period?
Yes, this course will be taught also after the financing period of three years since this a mandatory course. UNYT aims to enhance rights of marginal groups and in particular of refugees.
- I could not come during the office hours in the first semester. Can I still ask enquiries about refugee law?
Yes. Also according to the meeting held on 29.02.2018, the team will be available to answer your questions also during the second semester of the academic year 2018-2019