International Migrants Bill of Rights Seminar
J.D. Seminar 1204
| 1 credit hours
The International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative developed in response to the fact that there is no single legal framework that protects the rights of all international migrants, regardless of status. Over a period of five years, students at four universities drafted a unifying soft-law document called the IMBR that restates existing human rights law, refugee law, and labor law to make the law’s application to migrants clearer and more effective (available at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/isim/imbr/). The IMBR also provides a margin of enhancement to existing law consistent with progressive values to highlight positive trends in migration law and practice. To aid in the implementation of the IMBR and the rights outlined therein, Georgetown students also developed a set of indicators to measure state compliance with IMBR Articles.
Students enrolled in the IMBR Seminar will use these indicators to develop a pilot study measuring US immigration law and policy compliance with the IMBR. For the seminar, each student will be assigned one or two Articles (for example victims of crime or due process) and will research and analyze how US law and policy reflect the rights contained in each Article. As a student-led seminar, classes will focus on research and writing, developing feedback for the indicators, and gaining insight from guest speakers. The fall semester will focus on this research process and the spring semester will focus on compiling the results of the study into a report. Through the work of the seminar, students will become extremely knowledgeable about international human rights law and US immigration law and policy.
This fall seminar is a student-initiated and led seminar. It is offered on a mandatory pass/fail basis. The 1 pass/fail credits will count against students' 7 pass/fail credit allowance. Dates to be announced.
Classes will meet every-other week and students are expected to work independently outside of class on their research. The approximate time-commitment expected is 5 hours of work a week in addition to the seminar. If you are interested in the seminar but unable to attend the seminar time or do not have enough pass/fail units left, please email Lauren Esterle at email@example.com and we can work out a way for you to still be involved in the initiative.
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