Law 639 - Political Asylum

Khaled M. Abou El Fadl

Khaled M. Abou El Fadl

Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1986
J.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Ph.D. Islamic Studies, Princeton, 1999
UCLA Faculty Since 1998
Course Description:

This seminar will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in immigration law might have to work a bit harder at the beginning of the course. The course will cover the following topics: The international origins of Refugee Law; the relationship between U.S. law and International Law; the meaning of well-founded fear; and the definition of persecution. We will analyze the protections against persecution on account of political opinion, religion, race of nationality, and a social group. We will also deal in detail with gender-related claims to refugee status. Furthermore, we will examine the national and international qualifications and limitations set on the right of protection. The course will conclude with a discussion on the mechanics of the asylum process, and the future challenges to refugee protection in the international and national contexts.

The book used in this course will be Forced Migration Law and Policy by Martin, Motomura, and Fullerton.  Attendance and participation are mandatory.  The Substantial Analytical Writing (SAW) requirement could be fulfilled.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Khaled Abou El Fadl 16F 639 SEM 1 R 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 3.0 No Yes
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2016 SEM 1
Aleinikoff et al. Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms   2014 ed.  
ISBN: 9780314288202. West Publishing Co.. REQUIRED $49.00
Martin et al. Forced Migration: Law and Policy  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9780314285331. West. REQUIRED $197.00