This course examines international laws which are relevant to the protection of refugee rights, their historical development, and legal evolution. The course provides a survey of actors, international agreements, commissions, committees and organizations that deal with refugee affairs (UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UNRWA, etc.) The course will also touch on the following issues: the relation between refugee laws and international human rights law; international and local challenges which face the task of providing protection for refugees; the impact of international political developments and changes on refugee rights and protections.