Sharp Borders: Technology, Pushbacks, and Interdisciplinary Investigation


As borders sharpen all around the world, new technologies are making various human rights abuses possible. Join our interdisciplinary panel of journalists and civil society to discuss the growing practice of pushbacks at European borders, facilitated by increased surveillance and a lack of accountability. Our panel includes audio journalist Lydia Emmanouilidou, investigative reporter Giorgos Christides, […]

Privacy and the Open Court Principle in Federal Court Refugee Judicial Reviews


Commitment to the open court principle is coming under pressure from those who point to concerns about the privacy of litigants. Due to technological developments, court materials are easier to access than ever. Researchers, journalists, legal publishers, government agencies, tech start-ups and others are attempting leverage these materials to pursue projects with wide ranging potential […]

Machine Learning Projects to Assist Refugees: GeoMatch & SWOT


This joint CRS/RLL seminar will explore ways that machine learning technologies can be used in partnership with university-based researchers in projects that aim to assist refugees. We will explore two such projects: GeoMatch, a project based a the Immigration Policy Lab that leverages machine learning to help connect refugees in need of resettlement with communities where […]

Online Seminar: Pile of Law: Learning Responsible Data Filtering from the Law and a 256GB Open-Source Legal Dataset (Peter Henderson)


Speaker: Peter Henderson is a joint JD-PhD (Computer Science) candidate at Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He is also an OpenPhilanthropy AI Fellow, Graduate Student Fellow at the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab, and Technical Advisor at the Institute for Security + Technology. Discussant: Simon Wallace is a PhD student at Osgoode Hall Law […]

Online Seminar: Primary Law as Legal Data (Sarah Sutherland)


Speaker: Sarah Sutherland is the President and CEO at the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). Previously she worked as the manager of library services for a national law firm, worked for provincial and federal governments, and a law society library. She is interested in developing a community vision on how to use legal information and […]

Online Seminar: Judging Readability: A Study of Opinions Written by Apex Court Judges from Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Mike Madden)


Speaker: Mike Madden is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and a graduate student member of the university’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Discussant: Jon Khan is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Abstract: Lots of judicial opinions are difficult to read, but to varying […]

Joint CRS/RLL Seminar: Deporting Refugees: Hidden Injustice in Canada


Kathryn Tomko Dennler, Research Affiliate with the Centre for Refugee Studies and with the Refugee Law Lab at York University Brianna Garneau, PhD candidate in Socio-legal Studies and affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University Abstract: Deportation laws, policies, and procedures impact the human rights of people who fear persecution. However, there is […]

Online Seminar: Making Developing open source tools for legal research (Simon Wallace)


Speaker: Simon Wallace is a PhD candidate at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School, an Adjunct Faculty member at Toronto Metropolitan University's Lincoln Alexander School of law and a Research Lawyer at the Refugee Law Lab. Abstract: Simon Wallace is the developer behind, which builds open-source Python packages for computational legal research. This includes […]

Hybrid Seminar: Accessing Refugee Protection and the Digital Border: The Legal Implications of Passenger Name Record Exchanges

Hybrid (Zoom & Osgoode IKB Room 1002)

Hybrid Joint Seminar: Refugee Law Lab & Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers @Osgoode Speakers: Professor Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law) & Professor Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po Paris-CERI) Chair: Professor James Simeon (York University’s School of Public Policy and Administration) Abstract: An increasing number of states use technological tools to filter information […]

Promoting Human Rights in Legal Tech & Border Control

March 29, 2023 (2pm-3pm ET) Harvard Law School's Berkman Klein Centre Multipurpose Room (5th Floor) Zoom: Join Professor Sean Rehaag, Director of the Refugee Law Lab and York University, and Berkman Klein Centre Fellow Petra Molnar for a conversation on emerging technologies at the border, their human rights impacts, and innovative legal tools for […]

Decoding Justice: Data-driven insights into how refugee cases are decided in Australia

Decoding Justice: Data-driven insights into how refugee cases are decided in Australia October 19, 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pmET (via zoom) The Kaldor Centre Data Lab was established in 2022 and publishes regularly updated data on Australia’s refugee status determination procedures. The core aim of the lab is to provide insights into the decision-making patterns of […]

Humanitarian extractivism: The digital transformation of aid

November 30, 2023 12:30pm - 2:00pm (EDT) This is a virtual event Zoom: Guest speaker: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Peace Research Institute Oslo and Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo Professor Kristin Sandvik will present on her latest book, which investigates the digital transformation of aid as a form of humanitarian […]