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Idil Atak

Idil Atak


PhD, Associate Professor


JOR 828


416-979-5000 Ext. 3255

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Idil Atak received her Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law. She was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism. Idil is the Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (IJMBS). She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration’s (IASFM) Executive Committee, the past president of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), and a research associate at Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law (McGill University). Her research interests include irregular migration, refugee protection, and international human rights law. Idil served as a legal expert for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, then as deputy to the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Selected Publications:


Idil Atak & James C. Simeon (Eds.) The Criminalization of Migration: Context and Consequences (Montreal : McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018).

Idil Atak, L’européanisation de la lutte contre la migration irrégulière et les droits humains. Une étude des politiques de renvois forcés en France, au Royaume-Uni et en Turquie (Bruxelles : Bruylant, 2011).

Special Issues of Journals

Graham Hudson, Delphine Nakache & Idil Atak (2018). “The Criminalization of Migration”, International Journal on Migration and Border Studies Special Issue, 4(4).

Idil Atak and Speranta Dumitru (2015). « Penser l’ouverture des frontières », Éthique publique, (17)1 [on line]

Papers in Refereed Journals

Idil Atak, Graham Hudson & Delphine Nakache (2019). “Policing Canada’s Refugee System: A Critical Analysis of the Canada Border Services Agency”, International Journal of Refugee Law.

Idil Atak & Lorielle Giffin (2019). “Canada’s Treatment of Non-Citizens through the Lens of the United Nations Individual Complaints Mechanisms”, Canadian Yearbook of International Law, 56, 292-327.

Jona Zyfi & Idil Atak (2018). “Playing with Lives under the Guise of Fair Play: The Safe Country of Origin Policy in the EU and Canada”, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 4(4), 345-359.

Idil Atak (2018). ““Safe Country of Origin”: Constructing the Irregularity of Asylum Seekers in Canada”, International Migration, 56(6), 176-190.

Idil Atak, Graham Hudson & Delphine Nakache (2018). “The Securitization of Canada’s Refugee System: Reviewing the Unintended Policy Consequences”, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 37(1), 1-24.

Idil Atak (2018). La mesure relative au « pays d’origine désignés » : Une analyse des liens entre les politiques d’asile et la migration irrégulière au Canada, Migration Société, 171(1), 19-34.

Idil Atak & François Crépeau (2017). “A Legacy of Fragmentation”, in Th. Cottier and K. N. Schaefer (eds.), Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law, Northampton, Edward Elgar Publishing, 494-496.

François Crépeau & Idil Atak (2016). “Global Migration Governance: Avoiding Commitments on Migration, Yet Tracing a Course for Cooperation”, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 34(2), 110-143.

Chapters in Books

Idil Atak (2019). “Toronto’s Sanctuary City Policy: Rationale and Barriers”, in J. Darling and H. Bauder (Eds.), Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles: Rescaling Migration, Citizenship and Rights, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 105-130.

Idil Atak (2019). “The Criminalization of Migration in Canada and its Unintended Consequences”, in M. Ruiz, C. Menjivar and I. Ness (Eds.), Handbook on Migration Crises, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 2. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190856908.013.41

Idil Atak & François Crépeau (2018). “Legal Status and Vulnerabilities” in T. Basaran and E. Guild (Eds.), Global Labour and the Migrant Premium, The Cost of Living Abroad, London and New York: Routledge, 10-17.

Idil Atak (2018). « Immigration et réfugiés », Fascicule 19 (Revised and Updated. First publication 2011), in Jurisclasseur Québec- Droit constitutionnel, Feuilles volantes, Montreal : LexisNexis, 82 p.

Idil Atak (2018). “An International Human Rights Framework for Migration in a Globalising World” in A. Triandafyllidou (Ed.), Handbook of Migration and Globalisation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, Chapter 1, 17-37.

Idil Atak (2017). « La lutte contre migration irrégulière en Europe et au Canada :
Une étude comparative de l’efficacité et de l’impact du droit d’asile » in N. Neuwahl (Ed.), Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration, Montreal : Themis, 25-53.

Research Reports

Idil Atak, Delphine Nakache, Elspeth Guild & François Crépeau (2018). “Migrants in Vulnerable Situations” and the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration”, Queen Mary University of London Working Paper Series.

Idil Atak, Graham Hudson & Delphine Nakache (2017). “‘Making Canada’s Refugee System Faster and Fairer’: Reviewing the Stated Goals and Unintended Consequences of the 2012 Reform”, Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) Working Paper Series 2017/3.

*Graham Hudson, Idil Atak, Michele Manocchi & Charity Ann Hannan (2017).  “(No)Access T.O.: A Pilot Study on Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, Canada”, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) Working Paper, 1.

Other Publications (Non-Refereed)

Idil Atak (December 2019). “Participation des migrant-e-s sans statut à l’espace public », Revue Droits et Libertés, Espace public… pour qui?

Idil Atak (2019). « Que peut le droit en situation migratoire? » in Centre Justice et Foi, Vivre Ensemble, Migrations et Droit : Un Défi Démocratique, Montreal.

Idil Atak (December 2019). “International Journal of Migration and Border Studies”, World Migration Report 2020, International Organization for Migration (IOM), 335-338 available at:

Delphine Nakache and Idil Atak (May 2019). “GCM Indicators. Objective 7: Address and Reduce Vulnerabilities in Migration”, Refugee Law Initiative Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration, available at:

Idil Atak and Delphine Nakache (October 2018). “GCM Commentary. Objective 7: Address and Reduce Vulnerabilities in Migration”, Refugee Law Initiative Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration, available at:

*Idil Atak and Vanessa C. Wachuku (2017). “Protecting the Human Rights of Forced Migrants in an Era of “Migration Crises””, Inderscience Publishers Autumn 2017 Highlights, available at:

Idil Atak (September 2017). « Criminalisation de la migration irrégulière: Des effets contreproductifs sur les droits humains », Vivre Ensemble, Bulletin de Liaison pour le Droit d’Asile, No. 164, Geneva, 13-16.


Atak, Idil