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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.
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.
Rabah Aynaou holds a PhD, with first class honours at Mohammed 1st University Faculty of Law, in 2009. He holds a Postgraduate Research Degrees (DESA) in public law – New Dynamics of International Relations, Peace and Human Rights, Faculty of Law from University Mohammed 1st in 2000. Rabah Aynaou is a current professor of public Law at Mohammed 1st University in Oujda in Morocco. His teaching activities include courses on Human Rights, International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, and security.
Rabah Aynaou was a Visiting Researcher at NATO Defense College – NDC Rome – Italy (September to December 2014), and he attended the courses at The Hague Academy of International Law in 2011 – the Netherlands. His research focused on Refugee Law in Morocco and migration issues. His last study involved refugee protection in Morocco, “Current situation and proposals for future Moroccan asylum system,” which was conducted and published in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Morocco.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Lauren Nishimura is an environmental and human rights law attorney with over a decade of legal experience in public and private sector settings in the United States and Southeast Asia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford and a Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School. Her research focuses on migration, climate change adaptation, and public international law. She is a co-founder of the Oxford Climate Migration Network and has published on climate change migration, displacement, and human rights. In 2017-18, she also completed consultancies with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Platform on Disaster Displacement, including producing a comprehensive study on migration, climate change, and human rights that was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.
Prior to beginning her doctoral research, Lauren spent two years in Myanmar and Thailand, where she worked as an attorney with EarthRights International (full time) and the International Commission of Jurists (as a consultant). From 2006-2013, she was a litigator in the United States, with a focus on environmental law and renewable energy. During this time, she also represented asylum clients during the affirmative process or while facing removal proceedings. She holds an MSt in International Human Rights Law from Oxford, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in California.
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 is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo. Anna was the 2015-2016 Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa and completed her doctorate in civil law at the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 2015. She holds a B.C.L./LL.B from McGill University as well as a Masters in Law 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 formerly taught in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University and is a member of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.
Anna’s research focuses on international refugee law and international human rights law, with a special emphasis on protracted refugee situations and themes of human capabilities, legal empowerment, human dignity, governance, and transitional justice
Lili Song is a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Otago. The core of her research is Chinese refugee law and policy. She also researches Pacific law, human rights issues in China, such as protection of trafficked persons and the right to leave and return. In 2013 and 2014, she conducted fieldwork in Kachin State, Myanmar and Yunnan Province, China on ethnic Kachins displaced by armed conflict in Myanmar and maintains a strong interest in forced migration on the Chinese-Myanmar Border.
She is qualified to practice law in China and worked as a lawyer in Shanghai prior to her academic career. She is a member of the Asian Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
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.