The Refugee Law Lab engages with students in several ways. We employ students as Research Assistants and students are welcome to attend Refugee Law Lab events (join our email list to hear about our events). There is also an exciting opportunity for non-lawyer technologists to pursue an LLM graduate degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, in partnership with the Refugee Law Laboratory, which you can learn about here.
Benn McGregor, Research Assistant
Benn McGregor is a Bachelor of Software Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. In first year, he organized Citizen Hacks, a hackathon about creating privacy-protecting technology. Through Waterloo’s co-op program, he has worked at a wide range of tech companies, most recently as a gameplay programmer at Behaviour Interactive. He is currently designing and creating a collaborative multiplayer video game to inspire action on the climate crisis. At the Refugee Law Lab, he will be helping to create a platform for data analysis of Federal Court cases.
Omar Flores, Research Assistant
Omar Flores is in his last year of the Computer Science Honours Bachelor’s Degree at Carleton University. He specializes in UI/UX design and front end development. At the Refugee Law Lab he will be helping to design and implement the front end of a legal analytics application involving refugee law decision-making.
Gwenyth Wren, Research Assistant
Gwenyth Wren is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her BA Honours in Environment and Development at McGill University where she spent four months in East Africa researching the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Recently she has worked as a research assistant at the London School of Economics, aiding current work on creating a typology for human rights-based climate litigation. These experiences have cemented her commitment and passion to leveraging law to combat climate change. She will be assisting the Refugee Law Lab with gathering data about refugee adjudication from online sources.
Vince Lai, Research Assistant
Vince Lai is a JD candidate at the Osgoode Hall Law School. He graduated with a BA in Political Science and French at the University of Toronto. There, he helped manage the Greenpath Program and facilitated the arrival of international students. While doing so, he broadened his appreciation for diversity and took an interest in Canadian immigration policies. After his undergraduate studies, he worked for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as a Bilingual Specialist. Vince aspires to continue advocating for small businesses and to gain a greater understanding of immigration law. He will be assisting the Refugee Law Lab with gathering refugee adjudication data for research involving machine learning processes and will help prepare refugee cases for publication in the Refugee Law Lab Reporter.
Subhah Wadhawan, Research Assistant
Subhah Wadhawan is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her Masters in Criminology at the University of Ottawa where her research focused on the interaction between processes of racialization, surveillance and securitization in the post 9-11 context. She interviewed Canada’s security certificate detainees, infamously known as the ‘Secret Trial 5’, and their families to investigate their lived experiences of securitization. Prior to law school, Subhah worked for the Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada as a policy analyst. She is currently working as a caseworker in the Immigration and Migrant Rights Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services and is committed to learning and un(learning) how to cultivate fierce and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. She will be undertaking legal research on Canadian immigration law processes for the Refugee Law Laboratory.
Katherine Griffin, Research Assistant
Katherine Griffin is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Sciences Po Paris in the Europe-Africa program. In the final year of her studies, she undertook internships with locally founded and operated arts and culture organizations in South Africa and Morocco. Prior to law school, Katherine worked with refugee claimants in Vancouver as a Settlement Worker, and later as Acting Program Coordinator. At Osgoode, Katherine remains actively engaged in refugee rights-related advocacy as Co-Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Osgoode chapter and Events Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) Osgoode chapter. She is excited to join the Refugee Law Lab team as a Research Assistant, where she will be helping to revise a law journal article, to gather refugee adjudication data for research involving machine learning processes, and to prepare refugee cases for publication in the Refugee Law Lab Reporter.
Matthew Tran, Research Assistant
Matthew Tran is a joint JD/MA candidate at the University of Toronto pursuing a Masters in Criminology. He holds a PhD in Systems Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. He is currently a steering committee member of the University of Toronto Law Union and an executive member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, University of Toronto Chapter. He is a case worker at Advocates for Injured Workers and the Refugee/Immigration Division of Downtown Legal Services. He also supports and organizes alongside different community organizations across the city including the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project, Injured Workers Action 4 Justice, and the FCJ Refugee Centre. He will be assisting the Refugee Law Lab with visual research outputs and tool creation for legal practitioners in refugee law.
Alison Hanson, Research Assistant (Summer 2021)
Alison Hanson is a JD student at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Ryerson University. Before attending law school, she worked with the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo and has experience doing web development and design for numerous small businesses. She is interested in access to justice issues and using technology to address gaps in the legal system. She served as a research assistant at the Refugee Law Lab in the Summer 2021 term.
Rahemah Siddiqui, Research Assistant (Summer 2021)
Rahemah Siddiqui is a JD candidate at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. She completed her BA in History at the University of Toronto where her research focused on state-sanctioned violence and human rights abuses. She developed an interest in refugee law while working as a Legal Transcriptionist for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. The role informs her awareness of the unique barriers faced by migrants, refugees, and undocumented peoples in the legal arena. She hopes to aid in dismantling these barriers and improving Canada’s refugee determination system through legal advocacy and research. She served as a research assistant at the Refugee Law Lab in the Summer 2021 term.