Refugee Law Laboratory Mandate

The Refugee Law Lab, based at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School, is a laboratory devoted to research and advocacy related to new legal technologies and their impact on refugees, other displaced communities, and people on the move.

We develop datasets and legal analytics that enhance transparency in refugee law processes. We study and critique the use of artificial intelligence and other technologies by governments and private actors in the migration field. And we produce legal technology that advances the rights and interests of refugees and other marginalized people on the move.

We are committed to social justice, to interdisciplinarity, to evidence-informed policy, and to ensuring that the data, research and technologies that we produce are freely accessible to the public. We strive to work from a community-based perspective, foregrounding the lived experiences of people on the move and their interactions with technology.