Research Affiliates

The Refugee Law Lab engages with researchers in several ways. Researchers are welcome to attend Refugee Law Lab events (join our email list to hear about our events). Researchers working on Refugee Lab Lab projects are invited to formally affiliate with us. If you are a researcher at York University or at another university and would like to propose a research project that would be hosted or co-hosted at the Refugee Law Lab, please write to us at:

Hilary Evans Cameron is an Assistant Professor at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. As a former litigator, she represented refugee claimants for a decade and now holds a doctorate in refugee law from the University of Toronto. A major focus of her work has been the process of judging a refugee claimant’s credibility. Her research brings insights from the social sciences, particularly cognitive psychology, to bear on this central aspect of refugee status decision-making. She has also explored other legal barriers that prevent people without status from accessing the courts and from winning their cases on judicial review. Her latest book, Refugee Law’s Fact-finding Crisis: Truth, Risk, and the Wrong Mistake has been published through Cambridge University Press (2018). She is currently working on an empirical research project co-hosted at the Refugee Law Lab involving simulated refugee adjudication.

Kathryn Dennler is an Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada and a Research Affiliate at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.  She completed a PHD in Geography from York University in 2020, focusing on everyday experiences of uncertainty encountered by people living with precarious immigration status in Toronto. She holds a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant in collaboration with Romero House to examine cooperation and coercion in deportation processes involving unsuccessful refugee claimants. She is currently building a public data repository about deportation practices that will be hosted on the Refugee Law Lab website.