Student Affiliates

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 data about refugee adjudication from online sources.

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.