International and European immigration law and policy (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Caterina Fratea
Caterina Fratea
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
1° semestre (A), 1° semestre (B)

Lesson timetable

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The course will cover the following topics:
- historical evolution of the EU policy on immigration and the different aspects that are influencing the migratory phenomenon in a global perspective;
- relevant provisions of EU Treaties and of the Charter of Fundamental Rights;
- the Control of external borders and the European Visa Policy;
- the freedom of movement for non-EU citizens;
- the Dublin III Regulation and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
- reception policies vs refusal of entry policies;
- the international agreements in the field of immigration;
- the immigration policy and the respect of fundamental and human rights.


Classes are taught in English.
As for attending students, the teaching will comprise both lectures focused on the study of the basic notions and legal sources regarding European Union law and practical lectures during which the relevant case law will be discussed.
During the lessons the professor will avail herself of powerpoint presentations.
The teaching materials used during the course, to be added to the reference book, will be provided to the students through the University e-learning platform.
As for non-attending students, the teaching methods will consist in the study of the proposed textbook (also taking into account the more recent legislative updates), to which the teacher can offer its support.


For students who attended the course, the exam will ascertain their preparation on the topics covered during the lectures and can be prepared on the materials distributed in class and on the e-learning platform.

Non-attending Students shall prepare the exam on the following textbook:
- Violeta Moreno-Lax, Accessing Asylum in Europe, Oxford University Press, 2017, pages 1-116 and 203-394.

Erasmus students are required to prepare the same course program as the Italian students.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Violeta Moreno-lax Accessing Asylum in Europe Oxford University Press 2017 9780198701002 limitatamente alle pagine 1-116 and 203-394.

Assessment methods and criteria

Both for Italian and Erasmus students, the exam will be held in English and will be oral.


The exam is aimed at ascertaining, besides the required preparation, that the student has developed sufficient analytical capacity. In particular, the examination is aimed at assessing:
- the level of the preparation of the student;
- the use of the appropriate legal jargon;
- the ability of connecting the different topics of the programme;
- the analytical capacity.