MV728K Legal Clinic of Refugee Law

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2010
Extent and Intensity
1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Hana Lupačová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Hana Lupačová
Department of International and European Law - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Hana Brzobohatá
each even Thursday 18:15–19:45 302
Administrative Law.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/12, only registered: 0/12
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
  • Law (programme PrF, M-PPV)
Course objectives
The course is focused on asylum and immigration law, dealing not only with Czech legislation, case-law and to some extent also with the European asylum acquis and with the relevant international conventions (Geneva Convention, European Convention on Human Rights). The theory lessons are complemented by practical exercises in which students may try to write an appeal and other legal submissions, they may take part in a moot court, etc. Feedback is provided not merely by the teacher but also by invited external lecturers (Miroslav Jurman from the Supreme Administrative Court, Pavel Pořízek and Miloš Valášek from the Public Defendor of Human Rights Office, Lucie Atkins, expert in legal argumentation). The lessons are also complemented by practice in a local NGO, SOZE, which provides free legal counselling to asylum-seekers and other aliens. Practice includes not merely visits of the NGO, but also travelling to detention and asylum centres run by Ministry Interior. Students may see the legal counsellors of NGOs in practice and are also given opportunity to provide legal counselling themselves. Apart from (non-exhaustive) theoretic basis of asylum and immigration law, the course aims to show students what work of a lawyer in an NGO requires, and how to provide assistance to a specific group of persons who are often dependent on the assistance of NGOs. The students are also - in seminars - given opportunity to try what later in their legal practice will influence the results of disputes.
  • 1. Introductory lesson Asylum law - introduction a) Legislation on refugees (The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, law No. 325/1999 Coll., on asylum) b) Basic terms c) Forms of international protection 2. Procedure on international protection – Ist instance a) Procedure on international protection b) Ist instance procedure: subjects, their procedural rights and obligations c) Interview with asylum-seeker d) Decision in 1st instance, its content, its legal effect 3. Psychological aspects in international protection procedure a) specific groups of asylum-seekers – mothers with children, single mothers, single women, unaccompanied minors, handicapped asylum-seekers b) dealing with the trauma of asylum-seekers c) communicating with asylum-seekers from diverse socio-cultural environment d) work with asylum-seekers from the viewpoint of a worker of the asylum centre or integration asylum facility 4. Procedure on international protection in courts a) appeals against decisions of Ministry of Interior: procedural rights and obligations, specific problems in asylum court proceedings (language, legal representatives, interpreters etc.), legal effects of a court decision b) cassation appeal against the judgment of regional courts: procedural rights and obligations, admissibility of cassation appeal in the Czech Republic, legal effects of the decision of Supreme Administrative Court c) visa during the court procedure d) case-law of the Supreme Administrative Court 5. EU and protection of refugees a) European Community – 1st pillar b) Dublin regulation c) qualifications and procedural directives d) transposition of the directives in the Czech law 6. UNHCR and its role protecting the refugees a) competences of UNHCR under Czech asylum law b) role of UNHCR elsewhere c) resettlement of refugees 7. Migration law – introduction a) legislation on migration in the Czech Republic (law No. 326/1999 Coll., on stay of foreigners) b) basic terms c) overview of basic types of stay of foreigners d) rights and duties of foreigners 8. Migration law (Czech Republic) – legal statuses of foreigners from third countries a) visa b) long-term stay – purposes of stay c) permanent stay (also in relation to asylum procedure) 9. Migration law (Czech Republic) – EU citizens Rights and obligations related to stay (work, health care, social security, education). a) short-term stay b) permanent stay 10. Integration of foreigners, recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection (State integration programme; work and enterpreneurship, accommodation, education) a) Policy of integration of foreigners b) green cards, blue cards c) Czech language Recognized refugees: a) integration facilities b) integration flats c) Czech language Role of NGOs and ministries in integration of foreigners 11. Expulsion, detention of foreigners a) duties of foreigners, reasons for expulsion, legal effects of expulsion b) detention centres c) expulsion; detention and asylum claim 12. Rights of foreigners from the viewpoint of ombudsman a) rights of ombudsman in this field; how to complain; procedure b) preventive visits of asylum centres and detention centres c) current activities of ombudsman regarding foreigners and/or asylum-seekers 13. Naturalisation from the viewpoint of ombudsman a) conditions for being granted citizenship b) naturalisation procedure c) current activities of ombudsman regarding naturalisation d) new law on citizenship 14. Final lesson
  • JÍLEK, Dalibor. Společný evropský azylový systém:doplňková ochrana (The Common European Asylum System: The Subsidiary Protection). první. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita, Spisy Právnické fakulty MU č. 320, 2007. 235 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4476. info
  • JÍLEK, Dalibor and Renáta KLEČKOVÁ. Společný evropský azylový systém : procedurální směrnice (Common European Asylum System : Procedure Directive). / editoři: Dalibor Jílek a Renáta Klečková. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2006. 214 pp. Spisy PrF MU. Řada teoretická ; Svazek 304. ISBN 80-210-4058-0. info
  • JÍLEK, Dalibor. Společný evropský azylový systém:právní pojem "pronásledování" : sborník (The Common European Asylum System: The Common Concept of "Persecution"). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2005. 275 pp. (Spisy PrF MU v Brně. Řada teoretická ; Sv. 292). ISBN 80-210-3798-9. info
  • JÍLEK, Dalibor. Společný evropský azylový systém:právní pojem "pronásledování" : sborník (The Common European Asylum System: The Common Concept of "Persecution"). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2005. 275 pp. (Spisy PrF MU v Brně. Řada teoretická ; Sv. 292). ISBN 80-210-3798-9. info
Teaching methods
Seminars - practical exercises with guests (other seminars) Practice in an NGO and in asylum centres Argumentation seminar Opportunity to participate in the Asylum Law Moot Court
Assessment methods
obligatory presence at seminars and in the NGO
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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