Catherine Dauvergne took up the Deanship of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in July, 2015. Dauvergne 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. Her research is grounded in a belief that how we define and police the boundaries of our societies determines the terrain of our political engagements and says much about our national identity. Border laws are a space of unabashed discrimination, where aspirations of nationhood are writ large.
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 reprinted three times. 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 has recently held a major research grant examining the failure of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect non-citizens. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council grant analyzing gendered aspects of refugee determination. From 2013 to 2015, Dauvergne was the Research Director for the Michigan Colloquium on Challenges to International Refugee Law.
Dauvergne studied law at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and clerked for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer. She completed her PhD at the Australian National University and was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney for four years before returning to Canada. From 2002 to 2012, Dauvergne held the Canada Research Chair in Migration Law at UBC.
Dauvergne is the recipient of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship (2012) for her work on how Canada and other countries deal with refugees in a perspective of global justice.
Dauvergne's new book The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Societies was published by Cambridge University Press in March, 2016.Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Gendering Canada’s Refugee Process, Status of Women Canada, 2006 (with co-authors Leonora Angeles and Agnes Huang)
Humanitarianism, Identity and Nation, UBC Press, 2005 ISBN 0-7748-1112-9
Jurisprudence for an Interconnected Globe (edited by Catherine Dauvergne). Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2003. ISBN 0-7546-2282-7