Module Details

LW807-7-SP-CO: Acute Crises And Displacement

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Law (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Professor Geoff Gilbert
Teaching Staff: Professor Geoff Gilbert
Contact details: University of Essex, School of Law. Telephone: 01206 872557; Email: geoff (non essex users should add to create the full email address).

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and its 1967 Protocol have focused on individual applications for refugee status where there is an established judicial or administrative process in place to make individual determinations. Most displaced persons in the world do not fall within that model. They are part of a mass displacement that may or may not cross an international border with important consequences for the legal framework of protection. This course will look at the protection offered by international law to those displaced in time of acute crisis.

Learning and Teaching Methods

One two-hour seminar a week.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


One assessed take-home exam (written essay and problem scenario) of 5,000 words (including footnotes, excluding bibliography) to be submitted in accordance with LLM guidelines


  • Goodwin-Gill, GS and McAdam, J, The Refugee in International Law, 3rd ed, Oxford University Press 2007

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Prof Philip Leach
    Institution: Middlesex University
    Academic Role: Professor