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National Coordinator Biography


Catherine Dauvergne, Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Dauvergne holds the Canada Research Chair in Migration Law. She joined the Faculty in 2002 from the University of Sydney. Catherine completed her Ph.D. in Law at the Australian National University and her undergraduate law training at UBC. Catherine has served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. She was law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer.

Catherine's research is in the areas of immigration and refugee law. She has been involved in internationally collaborative work regarding first instance refugee decision making and she led an interdisciplinary project examining gender issues in Canada's refugee decision making system. She is currently completing a SSHRC project examining humanitarian and compassionate exceptions to Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Catherine's most recent book is Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. Catherine's newest research will examine why international human rights norms are not working well for non-citizens in Canada and will consider the role of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms in this failure.

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