I am a lecturer at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre at the University of York. I have taught and conducted research at a number of universities, including University of Hong Kong, York University (Canada), Georgetown University, University of Michigan, University of Melbourne and the American University in Cairo. Before becoming an academic, I practiced refugee law in Canada.
My research focuses on the role of the law in the protection of refugees and migrants. In particular, I am interested in the role of civil society (particularly lawyers and legal organisations) in constructing protection frameworks for refugees in states without formal refugee laws - like many of those in North Africa and South East Asia. I have worked closely with civil society (being involved with the establishment and development of refugee legal aid programmes in a number of states in the Middle East and Asia) and have also consulted to UNHCR and governments.