Dean Catherine Dauvergne

Catherine Dauvergne took up the Deanship of the Peter A. Allard School of Law in July, 2015.  Dean Dauvergne has been a faculty member with the Allard School of Law since 2002.  She has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law for twenty years. She has written three books that take a broad perspective on the theoretical underpinnings of these areas of law, including considering how human rights principles and discourses fit into a migration and citizenship framework.

Dauvergne received her BA in 1987 and her MA in 1988, both from Carleton University. She was the Gold Medalist when she received her LLB from UBC in 1995 and went on to clerk for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court of Canada. Dauvergne pursued graduate study in Australia, receiving her PhD in 2000 from Australian National University.  She held her first academic appointment at the University of Sydney beginning in 1998, before she returned to Canada in 2002 to take up the Canada Research Chair in Migration Law at UBC. Dauvergne served as Senior Advisor to the President of UBC from 2009 to 2011, and as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty in 2007 and 2008.  She was named a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation in 2012.  Dauvergne is also a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. 

Dauvergne has received many awards including the UBC Alumni Association Research Award; has published six books and has received almost $1 million in competitive research funding over the years. She has also supervised ten PhD graduates.

Dauvergne is both a tactical lawyer and a big picture thinker, and her work shows a commitment to engagement at these scales. Her 2008 book Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law (Cambridge University Press) is read and taught across disciplines and has been twice reprinted. Dauvergne has co-directed a number of large empirical studies of refugee decision-making around the world and has published three other books and more than fifty articles, chapters, and law review pieces. She is regularly involved in pro-bono legal work for individuals and for refugee- and immigrant-serving organizations. She is also a frequent commentator on these issues for Canadian media. 

Dauvergne and PhD student Asha Kaushal were cited in a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2013, which will have implications for future war crimes cases and refugee applicants. The case was concerning a former Congolese diplomat's refugee claim. Dauvergne represented the Canadian Council for Refugees in the case, and was also cited in the decision. The work cited: Kaushal, Asha, and Catherine Dauvergne. "The Growing Culture of Exclusion: Trends in Canadian Refugee Exclusions" (2011), 23 Intl J Refugee L, 54.