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Arzoo Osanloo
ANTH 497
Seattle Campus

Domesticating International Human Rights: Perspectives on U.S. Asylum and Refugee Law

Examines the creation, production, and proliferation of law and legal categories relating to the status of refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States. Integrates anthropological perspectives of law's ability to create meaning in the examination of deeper implications of asylum and refugee law in American society. Offered: jointly with LSJ 425.

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International laws pertaining to asylum-seekers and refugees have been integrated into U.S. domestic law through numerous Congressional Acts. Taking U.S. asylum law as an example of the practical and domestic application of international human rights law, this course examines the creation, production, and proliferation of law and legal categories relating to the status of refugees and asylum-seekers in the U.S. This course will integrate anthropological perspectives on law's ability to create meaning in the examination of the deeper implications of asylum and refugee law in American society.

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Last Update by Arzoo Osanloo
Date: 10/28/2003