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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.
Born March 21, 1948 in Paris, France. Education at Collège Notre-Dame (B.A.), Université de Montréal (LLL) and McGill University (M.A.). Called to the Quebec Bar in 1976. 1988 to 2003, member and coordinator of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Specialized in war crimes and crimes against humanity. 1986 to 1988, Chief of Coordination and Evidence, Counsel in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crime Section of the Department of Justice Canada. 1979 to 1988, Government of Canada, amongst other assignments, represented Canada at several United Nations fora, including the area of human rights, the environment, trade and maritime issues, all from an international law perspective. Expertise in human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity, immigration and international law. Author and a frequent speaker. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court, November 4, 2003, ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court, March 23, 2004.
Sarah Marsden is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the Unversity of British Columbia. Her studies focus on precarious labour migration in Canada and as a global phenomenon, drawing on scholarship from multiple disciplines. She is interested in documenting the impact of legal regulatory structures on precarious migrants, particularly with regard to rights and membership in the host state.
Sarah obtained her LL.B. and LL.M from the University of Victoria, and subsequently spent time working as a judicial clerk for the Federal Court of Canada, and as a refugee and immigration lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia. Most recently, she has been involved in starting and supervising a refugee and immigration clinic for low-income clients through UBC’s Law Students Legal Advice Program.