Catherine DauvergneCatherine Dauvergne

Trudeau Fellow, Professor

B.A. Carleton 1987; M.A. Carleton 1988; LL.B. UBC 1995; Ph.D. ANU 2000

Tel: 604-827-3055
Office Location: 338


Catherine Dauvergne works in the area of immigration and refugee law in Canada and around the world. Her research is grounded in a belief that how we define and police the boundaries of our societies determines the terrain of our political engagements and says much about our national identity. Border laws are a space of unabashed discrimination, where aspirations of nationhood are writ large.

Dauvergne is both a tactical lawyer and a big picture thinker, and her work shows a commitment to engagement at these scales. Her 2008 book Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law (Cambridge University Press) is read and taught across disciplines and has been twice reprinted. Dauvergne has co-directed a number of large empirical studies of refugee decision-making around the world and has published three other books and more than fifty articles, chapters, and law review pieces. She is regularly involved in pro-bono legal work for individuals and for refugee- and immigrant-serving organizations. She is also a frequent commentator on these issues for Canadian media. Dauvergne is currently completing a research project investigating the failure of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect non-citizens.

In 2012, Dauvergne was named a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.


  • Immigration Law
  • Refugee Law
  • Public Law
  • Transnational Law

Research Interests

  • Immigration Law
  • Refugee Law
  • Legal Theory and Globalization

Representative Published Works

  • Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Humanitarianism, Identity and Nation: Migration Laws of Australia and Canada 2005, UBC Press.
  • "Forced Marriage and the Exoticization of Gender Harms in U.S. Asylum Law" (2011) 19.4 Columbia Journal of Law and Gender (in press, with Jenni Millbank)
  • "The Growing Culture of Exclusion: Trends in Canadian Refugee Exclusions" (2011) 23.1 International Journal of Refugee Law 54-92 (with Asha Kaushal).
  • "Forced Marriage as a Harm in Domestic and International Law" (2010) 73 Mod. L. Rev. 57-88 (with Jenni Millbank)
  • "Chief Justice Lamer's Leadership in Feminist Times" (2009) 46 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 353-378
  • "Security and Migration Law in the Less Brave New World" (2007) 16:3 Social and Legal Studies 533-549.

Publications listed on the UBC Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database


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