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Catherine Dauvergne


Catherine Dauvergne is working as Senior Advisor to President Stephen Toope. She continues to teach Refugee Law each year and to supervise continuing graduate students. Catherine is not accepting new graduate students at this time.

Catherine 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.





Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, and Social security

Geographical focuses

British Columbia

Spheres of activity

Law and Political science