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Through its International Migration Law Unit (IML), IOM works to strengthen and promote the Organization’s involvement in International Migration Law. 

Recognition of the rights of migrants and the need to respect, protect, fulfill, and promote these rights within the exercise of State sovereignty has been present in IOM’s constituent documents since the Organization’s foundation. The IOM Constitution, IOM Council decisions and policy documents, the 12-point strategy, IOM’s Strategic Vision and Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF), among others, provide a solid basis for the Organization’s work on IML and migration governance in line with international standards and the rule of law.

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Project development and implementation support:  The Unit provides support to IOM missions by serving as a focal point for the development and implementation of IML and IML-related project activities. In addition, the IML Unit provides guidance as well as training on how to apply a rights-based approach (RBA) to IOM programs and projects, in line with supporting Principle 1 of the MiGOF.

Capacity building and training:  The Unit provides training for governments, international organizations, academics, civil society and IOM staff on international migration law. Two regular yearly Training Courses are conducted in:

  • Sanremo  – in collaboration with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL);
  • Geneva – a four-day Geneva IML Course is designed for government officials, to familiarize them with the relevant international legal framework governing migration, including the responsibilities, obligations and rights of States and migrants.

Other trainings are delivered at the regional and country level as part of IOM projects. If you are interested in planning and inserting an IML national capacity development event in your country, please contact us:  [email protected]

Legislation and policy review:  The Unit assists governments to analyse, develop and implement migration legislation and procedures consistent with applicable international and regional standards. The objective is to further develop the capacity of governments and provide effective tools to govern migration. In this context, the Unit offers advice, good practices and information to governments considering the ratification of relevant international or regional treaties and provides legal consultancy and review of national migration legislation for governments at their request.

Advocacy:  The Unit represents IOM in a range of UN committees and cooperates with the agencies working on migrants’ rights and international law

Monitoring: The IML Unit also regularly collaborates with the Human Rights Treaty Bodies , to facilitate the monitoring of the implementation of the core international human rights instruments, with the aim of enhancing their implementation to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of migrants.

The IML Unit further collaborates with the Human Rights Council and the  Universal Periodic Review process and contributes to the State-led reviews in the Universal Periodic Review, in coordination with IOM offices and. The Unit also works closely with the Special Procedures and in particular with the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

The IML Unit also collaborates with the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Council and, upon request, has provided its expertise by preparing amicus curiae on specific areas of law.

Research and Publications:  The IML Unit conducts research and publishes resources and tools on relevant and important migration law issues. The Unit aims to promote latest research and thinking to support migration governance in line with international law through awareness raising, knowledge and skills development of all actors working in the field of migration.

  • IML Information Note on Consular Assistance
  • IML Information Note on Access to Justice: A Migrant's Right
  • IML Information Note on the Principle of Non-refoulement
  • IML Information Note on International Standards on Alternatives to Detention (ATDs) and Immigration Detention
  • IML Information Note on the Protection of Migrant Children
  • IML Information Note on International Standards on the Protection of People with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) in the Context of Migration

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International Migration Law

Provides a comprehensive overview of international law that govern the movement of persons across borders and frame migration governance, including the relevant treaties and customs, from human rights law, refugee law, labour law, and criminal law, as well as the role of soft law on global migration governance, such as the Global Compact for Migration. Purchase required for access.

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LAWS412 - Migration Law

Credit points, campus offering, prerequisites.

LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research , LAWS418 Administrative Law

Teaching organisation

Unit rationale, description and aim.

  • advanced theoretical andn technical knowledge in the field of Migration Law
  • advanced, cognitive, technical and communication skills and the ability to apply these to complex Admnistrative law problems
  • advanced research and writing skills.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table. Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact. Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - explain the principles of Australia’s migration laws (GA5) 

LO2 - locate the sources of legislative provisions and case law related to migration and apply the law to different fact scenarios (GA8) 

LO3 - critique the law relating to migration (GA4, GA5, GA6)  

LO4 - develop and communicate reasoned opinions about the meaning and effect of migration law on the lives of individuals and families to whom it relates (GA4, GA5, GA6, GA8, GA9) 

Graduate attributes

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

Topics will include: 

  • Immigration law/policy: its subject matter and development 
  • The constitutional and international setting of Australian migration law
  • Institutions for decision-making in relation to migration
  • Migration Act and Regulations  
  • Visa cancellations
  • Family Migration
  • Character requirements for visas and citizenship 
  • Refugee and humanitarian program visas
  • Citizenship

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode: Lectures, tutorials, electronic consultation, library tasks and presentations or Online lectures and activities.  

Duration: 3 hours per week over 12 weeks or equivalent.  Students are expected to spend 150 hours in total for this unit. 

This level four elective unit allows students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law using advanced research skills.  

Our strategy is to encourage students to creatively engage with unit content and to practice advanced research skills. 

The unit is designed to be delivered in intensive, weekly mode or online mode. We have taken a blended learning approach to provide accessibility and flexibility to our students and a student focused approach that increases depth of learning and engagement through actively utilising LEO.   

Assessment strategy and rationale

 The assessment strategy is designed to assess knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law, and to develop advanced research skills.  

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes listed.  

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Online Quiz: This quiz will assess students’ knowledge of the basics of the Migration Law system and migration advice industry, the history of immigration in Australia. 




Assignment with three (3) problem solving scenarios and questions to assess the students’ understanding of visa requirements and procedures, their relation to the appropriate legislation and connect the law to real case scenarios. 


LO2, LO3 

GA4, GA5, GA6, GA8, 

Case Study: This assignment will show a case scenario of a visa refusal or cancellation for an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The students will have to write a submission to the Tribunal representing their client. This task is to assess the students’ legal writing ability, by identifying the issues of the case, connect them to the relevant legislation and present their arguments in a professional and convincing manner and to assess their understanding of the possible implications of a Tribunal outcome. 


LO2, LO3, LO4 

GA4, GA5, GA6, GA8, GA9 

Representative texts and references

Alan Freckelton, Administrative Decision-Making in Australian Migration Law, (ANU eText, 2015)

Eve Lester, Making Migration Law. The Foreigner, Sovereignty, and the case of Australia (Cambridge 2019

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Applied Australian Migration Law and Practice

A graduate course offered by the ANU School of Legal Practice .

  • Code LAWS8650
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Migration
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

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Learning Outcomes

Indicative assessment, requisite and incompatibility, prescribed texts, other information.

Applied Migration Law and Practice is designed to equip participants with the capacity to apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice .Topics, teaching, learning activities and assessment are designed to develop the cognitive, technical and practical skills and knowledge to successfully operate as a registered migration agent and migration law practitioner. The course will allow students to engage with a client scenario, from first contact through to finalisation of the matter. It includes a weekend residential for students with a moot tribunal experience.

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in their professional practice;
  • Reflect critically on ethical principles and their application to professional practice through professional codes of conduct;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of recent developments in the practice of Australian migration law, together with the knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to professional practice as a migration law practitioner;
  • Plan and execute effective ongoing client representation from first contact to the finalisation of matters
  • Communicate appropriate interpretations of theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to non-specialist audiences and other stakeholders;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex client information, client problems, legislation and regulation to develop appropriate solutions for clients;
  • Apply knowledge and skills to practice management with a high level of personal autonomy, ethics and professional accountability;
  • Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level in order to prepare, review and lodge applications or appeals;
  • Design, evaluate, implement research and analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to the practice of migration law, including individual professional development.

Students will be assessed on the quality of assessments submitted during the course.   The assessment will comprise 15 individual artefacts required as evidence of engagement with each topic in the course. These artefacts will range from a professional development plan to critical reflections on elements of practice to examples of essential practice documents arising from case studies. The assessment artefacts will be submitted and graded progressively throughout the course.

1.     Stage 1, Weeks 1-6: Formative Assessment – Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory

2.     Stage 2, Weeks 7-8: Tribunal activities – 20%

3.     Stage 3, Weeks 9-12: Summative assessment – 80%

Extensive feedback will be provided on the formative assessment which is essential to professional development and lifelong learning. Opportunities to resubmit work based on feedback are built into the assessment framework. An approved Course Study Guide will be available 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the  ANU Online  website.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Students will study online and are expected to devote 10 -12 hours per week participating in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect, participating in group activities and in individual research and studying.

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at  Fees .

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees .  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500

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2019 $3840
Year Fee
2019 $5460

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