Efrat A. ArbelEfrat A. Arbel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

BA (First Class Honours) (McGill); JD (UBC); LLM, SJD (Harvard Law School)

Office: Allard Hall, room 341
Phone: 604.822.6287
Email: arbel@law.ubc.ca


Efrat Arbel earned her doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2012. She holds a BA from McGill University, a JD from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, and completed her LLM studies at Harvard Law School. Dr. Arbel was selected for numerous fellowships and awards throughout her graduate studies, and held a Canada Research Fellowship with Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from 2008-2011. She has also held positions as a teaching and research fellow at Harvard Law School; as a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government; and as a researcher with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic. In 2012, Dr. Arbel was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, ranking in the top tier of candidates to receive this award. She completed her postdoctoral tenure at UBC Law, and during this time, also held a visiting appointment at the Oxford University Centre for Criminology.

Dr. Arbel researchers in the areas of constitutional law, refugee law, Aboriginal law, and prison law, in Canada and the United States. She has published widely in these fields. Combining her scholarly work with legal practice, Dr. Arbel is also engaged in advocacy and litigation involving refugee and prisoner rights. She has served on sub-committees with Westcoast LEAF, and is an executive member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

Dr. Arbel teaches torts and advanced constitutional law and supervises JD and graduate student research.


  • Torts
  • Advanced Constitutional Law

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Tort Law
  • Refugee Law
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Prison Law and Policy
  • Critical and Legal Theory

Representative Published Works

  • 'The Culture of Rights Protection in Canadian Refugee Law: Examining the Domestic Violence Cases' (2013) 58(3) McGill Law Journal 729
  • 'Shifting Borders and the Boundaries of Rights: Examining the Safe Third Country Agreement Between Canada and the United States' (2013) 25(1) International Journal of Refugee Law 65
  • 'Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion' (with Alletta Brenner) (2013) Harvard Immigration and Refugee Law Clinical Program
  • 'Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre' (with C. Dauvergne and J. Millbank) in E. Arbel, C. Dauvergne, and J. Millbank, eds. Gender in Refugee Law: from the Margins to the Centre (Routledge, 2014)
  • 'Gendered Border Crossings' in Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne, and Jenni Millbank eds. Gender in Refugee Law: from the Margins to the Centre (Routledge, 2014)
  • 'Contesting Unmodulated Deprivation: Sauve v Canada and the Normative Limits of Punishment' (2014) 2(2) Canadian Journal for Human Rights (forthcoming)


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