Refugee Law Lab

The Refugee Law Lab undertakes research and advocacy about new legal technologies and their impact on refugees and other people on the move.

We are hosted at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, in collaboration with Osgoode Hall Law School, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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And check out this new report about human rights approaches in the use of tech at borders from the United Nations Human Rights Office and the University of Essex, with contributions from the Refugee Law Lab’s Associate Director, Petra Molnar.

Opportunity available! The Refugee Law Lab’s partner organization, the Migration + Tech Monitor, is now accepting applications for its 2024 MTM Fellowship program. People on the move are often left out of conversations around technological development. Like other historically marginalized communities, their lives serve as testing grounds for experimental new projects. The MTM wants to change this, by putting affected people in the driver’s seat. The MTM offers funded fellowships to people who are externally or internally displaced, who migrated or are on the move at the moment, and to members of communities that live under occupation. The MTM supports projects in research, journalism, culture, education, and tech-in-use and looks forward to brand new ideas too.