Instructor(s): Michael Battista

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7066H.

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet once a week in-person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note:  This course satisfies the International/Comparative/Transnational course requirement.

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

Who gets in? How does Canada classify people as legal vs. non-legal, temporary vs. permanent residents, and immigrants vs. refugees? This course focuses on Canadian legislation, policy and practice regulating entry to Canada and Canadian residence. Canadian law and practice regarding refugee protection will also be covered. Given the endless debate regarding migration issues in Canadian society, students will be encouraged to explore popular conceptions and misconceptions about Canada’s migration laws and practices. Active class participation by students will be an expectation, which will include presentation reports from hearing observations, news reports, and cases. Observation of an immigration or refugee hearing and/or Federal Court judicial review application will also be required.

Will be by a paper (6,250 7,500 words) (85%) and class participation comprising attendance and discussion (5%) and presentations of cases, news articles and reports from hearing observations (10%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First Term



21 JD


W: 5:10 - 6:30 pm (in-class) P115