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Dr. Jennifer Bond

Chair, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative; Faculty Director, University of Ottawa Refugee Hub

Jennifer Bond holds degrees in law, literature, and business and has been called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia.  She completed her graduate work at the Yale Law School as a John Peters Humphrey Fellow in International Human Rights Law and clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

In 2015/16, Professor Bond took leave to serve as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship on Canada’s Syrian Refugee Initiative. She has also provided strategic advice to Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR); completed research projects for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Women’s Rights Project; and made submissions before the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Bond has managed a grass-roots non-profit organization; worked as a strategic analyst at a leading consulting agency; practiced law at a major Canadian firm; served with the UNHCR in Damascus, Syria; and sat on the founding national executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She has also provided expert commentary for over 50 national and international media stories.

Professor Bond’s current primary research projects explore, respectively, models for directly engaging private actors in international refugee resettlement; the use of criminal law to deny refugee protection; and access to justice issues relating to the use of evidence in refugee status determination processes. Some of Professor Bond’s other work discusses the constitutional implications of underfunding Canada’s criminal legal aid system; the limitations of duress as a defence in both refugee proceedings and international criminal law; the link between gender and the responsibility to protect; and the failure of a mechanism designed to ensure legislative compliance with Canada’s human rights instruments.

Professor Bond is also co-founder and director of the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub and its three flagship initiatives: (1) the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP), a $1.5 million initiative that identifies and mitigates to justice deficits in Canada’s refugee system; (2) the Refugee Law Research Team (RLRT), which engages in appellate-level public interest litigation; and (3) the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, a national project that mobilizes pro-bono legal support for private sponsorship groups. Professor Bond is also a member of the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Group.