Editorial Advisory Panel

The Editorial Advisory Panel (EAP) of RefLaw is comprised of scholars and practitioners in the field of International Refugee Law. Based on their experience, knowledge, and geographic diversity, members of the EAP posses a truly global expertise in the subject. The EAP provides expert guidance to the RefLaw’s Editorial Board in matters of International Refugee Law and produces scholarly submissions for publication on RefLaw.org.

Professor Deborah Anker

Deborah Anker is Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.  Author of the leading treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, Professor Anker has co-drafted groundbreaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs.  She is cited frequently by international and domestic courts and tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court. Anker is a pioneer in the development of clinical legal education in the immigration field, training students and creating a foundation for clinics at law schools across the United States. She is on the advisory board of refworld.org and is a senior researcher for the Refugee Law Initiative. Deborah has received numerous awards including the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), the AILA Founder’s Award for the Women’s Refugees Project, and the AILA Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. She has also received the CARECEN Award from the Central American Refugee Center and the Massachusetts Governor’s New American Appreciation Award. Anker was designated a Woman of Justice by the Massachusetts Bar Association, and in 2011, she was elected as a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation.

Angus Grant

Angus Grant is a leading Canadian refugee lawyer, researcher, commentator, and academic. He has been engaged in immigration and refugee law issues for many years and has represented individuals and organizations at every level of court in Canada, in addition to collaborating on petitions before international human rights bodies. Most recently, Angus represented the Canadian Council for Refugees in several landmark cases on international refugee law before the highest Canadian state courts. He is currently lead counsel in an intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of people smuggling and its impacts upon refugee protection.

Over the past 10 years, Angus has also been employed by a state legal assistance body – Legal Aid Ontario – to provide strategic advice and in-depth legal research on refugee law for lawyers engaged in complex refugee litigation. Angus has also advised Legal Aid Ontario on developments in refugee law and made recommendations to the organization on areas of strategic importance in assessing funding priorities in refugee litigation.

Now also a doctoral candidate in law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Angus is engaging in a wide-ranging study of the intersections between state security measures, international law and the rights of immigrants and refugees. Angus is specifically looking at the indefinite limbo faced by refugee claimants who have been found inadmissible on security grounds, but who cannot be returned to their countries of origin because of a high risk of torture.

Professor James Hathaway

James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan since 1998, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world.  He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam and Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.  From 2008 until 2010 Hathaway was on leave from the University of Michigan to serve as the Dean of Law and William Hearn Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, where he established Australia’s first all-graduate legal education program.  He previously held positions as Professor of Law and Associate Dean of the Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada (1984-1998), Counsel on Special Legal Assistance for the Disadvantaged to the Government of Canada (1983-1984), and Professeur adjoint de droit at the Université de Moncton, Canada (1980-1983).   He has been appointed a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo, and at the Universities of California, Macerata, San Francisco, Stanford, Tokyo, and Toronto.

Hathaway’s publications include more than eighty journal articles and chapters, a leading treatise on the refugee definition (The Law of Refugee Status, second edition 2014 with M. Foster; first edition 1991 republished in both Japanese and Russian); of an interdisciplinary study of models for refugee law reform (Reconceiving International Refugee Law, 1997); and of The Rights of Refugees under International Law (2005), the first comprehensive analysis of the human rights of refugees set by the UN Refugee Convention.  He is Counsel on International Protection to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Senior Advisor to Asylum Access, a non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative legal aid to refugees in the global South.  Professor Hathaway regularly advises and provides training on refugee law to academic, non-governmental, and official audiences around the world.

Maria Hennessy

Maria Hennessy is a Legal Officer at the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre. Prior to joining the Irish Refugee Council, Maria was a Senior Legal Officer at the European Council on Refugees & Exiles. She led and developed ECRE’s legal advocacy work in the field of asylum for more than four years as well as working specifically on developments concerning the recast Qualification Directive and the recast Dublin Regulation. She has a particular interest in asylum claims related to gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and was previously ECRE’s contact point for the European Asylum Support Office’s reference group on training. She has conducted training for lawyers, public officials, university students and NGOs on a wide range of legal topics related to asylum. Previously Maria was also a legal researcher within the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner in the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland and was a Senior Appeals Caseworker at the former Refugee Migrant Justice in the UK. Maria studied law and environmental science at National University of Galway, Ireland and Leiden University and holds a Masters in Law and Development from the University of London.

Professor Michael Kagan

After beginning his career as a Michigan Fellow in Refugee Law, Michael Kagan spent ten years building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia and has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law.

As a human rights lawyer, Prof. Kagan helped establish pioneering legal aid centers and clinics for refugees in Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, and co-founded Asylum Access, which operates refugee rights programs on three continents. Growing from his frontline work with refugees in the Middle East, Prof. Kagan led a campaign to improve the fairness of refugee status determination (RSD) procedures by the UN

Refugee Agency (UNHCR). His role in expanding refugee legal aid in the global south was profiled in Zachary Kaufman’s Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

(Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).

Prof. Kagan’s 2006 study of UNHCR RSD is the most frequently cited article in the history of the International Journal of Refugee Law. Prof. Kagan’s research on credibility assessment in asylum cases has been repeatedly relied on by federal appellate courts and, according to a 2012 commentary, has “guided most subsequent research and analysis on the topic.”

Prof. Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Boyd School of Law, where he has co-authored groundbreaking empirical studies of how American appellate courts adjudicate asylum and other immigration cases.

Judge Seong Soo Kim

Judge Kim started his judgeship in 1998 and has heard civil, criminal and administrative cases in several courts. His judicial career includes a senior research judge for Justice In-bok Lee in Supreme Court of Korea. He is currently dealing with corporate bankrupsy cases in Suwon District Court. He graduated Seoul National University Law College in 1993 and studied international refugee law as a visiting scholar at University of Michigan Law School in 2002-2003 academic year. His article, “The refugee definition in Geneva Convention and refugee related procedural issues in Korean Immigration Law” was published by Korean Supreme Court in 2004 and soon became a must read for refugee lawyers. He is also a member of Refugee Committee in Ministry of Justice and keeps close contact with the UNHCR office in Seoul.

Dr. Yuval Livnat

Dr. Livnat received his J.S.D. degree from Columbia Law School. He is engaged in the promotion of migrants’ rights since 2003, first as the legal advisor of Kav LaOved (Workers’ Hotline), and since 2008 as the clinical and academic instructor of the Refugee Rights Program at the faculty of law of Tel Aviv University. During these years he litigated extensively on rights of migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees, including two landmark Supreme Court cases on family life and health rights of migrant workers in Israel. Dr. Livnat was also very involved in the enactment process of the 2006 Anti-Trafficking Law in Israel.

Professor Francesco Maiani

Born in Rome in 1974, Francesco Maiani holds a Degree in Law (University of Rome La Sapienza), an LL.M. in European and International Economic Law (Universities of Geneva and Lausanne), and a PhD in Law (Universities of Lausanne and Milano Statale).  Formerly a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence (2007-2008), he is currently Associate Professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Lausanne, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Fundamental Rights and Public Policy.  Since March 2011 he is a full member of the European Commission for democracy through law of the Council of Europe (Venice Commission).

EU Migration Law and Policies, as well as International Human Rights and Refugee Law, feature among his main research interests.  A member of the Brussels-based Odysseus Academic Network, and a former collaborator of the website www.refugeecaselaw.org, he regularly publishes and teaches on these subjects, with a particular focus on the human rights implications of responsibility-sharing arrangements such as the “Dublin system” of the European Union. For full-text access to a selection of articles and publications, see idheap.academia.edu/FrancescoMaiani.

Jason Pobjoy

Jason Pobjoy is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, where he has a broad practice including public and human rights law, refugee and immigration law and public international law. Jason is also a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

He has published widely in the areas of refugee law, public and human rights law and public international law. Jason lectured in International Human Rights Law at the University of Cambridge and was the founding chair of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project.

He completed a Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, and a doctorate at the University of Cambridge, for which he was awarded the Yorke Prize for a thesis of exceptional quality that makes a substantial contribution to its relevant field of legal knowledge. He has also been a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University in Kampala and a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher at New York University School of Law.

Anna Purkey

Anna Purkey is the 2015-2016 Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. In 2015, Anna completed her doctorate in civil law at the Faculty of Law at McGill University. Anna holds a B.C.L./LL.B from McGill University, as well as an LL.M. from University of Toronto and is a member of the Quebec Bar Association. Previously, she held the position of legal counsel at the Department of Justice Canada. She is a member of the board of directors of Action Réfugiés Montréal, and has been involved with various civil society organizations including the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. Anna has taught in a contract capacity in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University since 2009.

Anna’s research focuses on the role that legal empowerment can play in ensuring that refugee communities are able to use the law and legal institutions and mechanisms to advance their rights and interests, to increase their self-sufficiency, and to ensure their human dignity. This research draws on themes of human capabilities, human and refugee rights, power, and good governance and accountability. Her current project investigates refugee participation in transitional justice with an emphasis on the situation in Myanmar and along the Thai-Burmese border.

Dr. Hugo Storey

Hugo Storey is an Upper Tribunal Judge (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (formerly Senior Immigration Judge of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal) in the United Kingdom. He is currently a member of the Chamber’s executive committee and also its reporting committee. He has sat on a number of the Tribunal’s main country guidance cases (e.g. on Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia) and also acts as co-ordinator of the Tribunal’s country guidance work. He was formerly a law academic, and later an Honorary Research Fellow, at the University of Leeds.  In an academic capacity he has published widely on human rights, refugee, international law and European law issues. His recent publications include an article in Refugee Studies Quarterly 2012 devoted to the topic of asylum law and armed conflict (“the “war-flaw”) and two which set out a working definition of persecution. He is one of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges’ (IARLJ’s) founding members and is currently a member of its Council, chair of its Publications Committee, and is the current President of the IARLJ’s European Chapter. He was one of the experts utilised by the European Commission when drafting the Refugee Qualification Directive (/2004/83/EC) and, more recently, its “recast”. He has been active in the training of judges doing asylum and immigration work inside and outside the UK and is currently working to commence a 3 year project between IARLJ-Europe and the European Asylum Support Office to develop core judicial training materials on asylum law in the 28 Member States.