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Graham Hudson

Graham Hudson


PhD, Associate Professor


JOR 825


416-979-5000 Ext. 2258


Graham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in History and Philosophy from York University, a J.D. from the University of Toronto, an LL.M. from Queen's University, and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Graham is a member of several research teams, each exploring strategies for improving access to justice for migrants and persons subject to forced (im)mobility. He is leading a four-year socio-legal study of the sanctuary city movement in Canada (Profs. Idil Atak and Harald Bauder, Co-Investigators), with a focus on the law and politics of jurisdiction. Graham is also currently studying access to justice for victims of extraordinary rendition, as well as the legality of secret trials in Commonwealth jurisdictions (along with Dr. Daniel Alati).

Graham is an executive member of the Canadian Association for Forced Migration and Refugee Studies and is a member of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society’s SSHRC Partnership Grant (Co-Applicant).

Graham teaches in the areas of law and social change, constitutional law/Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and criminal law.



Selected Publications:

“Policing Canada’s Refugee System: A Critical Analysis of the Canada Border Services Agency” International Journal of Refugee Law (with Idil Atak [lead author] and Delphine Nakache) (In Press)

“City of Hope, City of Fear: Sanctuary and Security in Toronto, Canada,” in Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles, Jonathan Darling and Harald Bauder, Eds. (Manchester University Press. 2019)

“Rescaling the Sanctuary City: Police and Non-Status Migrants in Ontario, Canada” RCIS Working Paper 2019/3 (with Mia Hershkoqitz (Lead Author) and Harald Bauder)

 “Does Immigration Theory Rest on a Mistake?” (2019) International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 4:4

“The Criminalisation of Migration and Asylum: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Consequences and Human Rights Impact: Editor’s Note (2019) International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 4:4

“The (Mis-)Uses of Analogy: Constructing and Challenging Crimmigration in Canada” in (2018) I. Atak & J. Simeon, eds., The Criminalization of Migration in Canada and Abroad (Queens-McGill Press). 37-70

“Behind Closed Doors: Secret Law and the Special Advocate System in Canada" (2018) Queen’s Law Journal 44:1

“Secret Hearings and the Right to a Fair Trial: 2015 and Beyond” Canadian Human Rights Yearbook.

“Ordinary Injustices: Punishment, Persecution and the Criminalization of Asylum in Canada” (2017) in P. Kretsedemas & D. Brotherton, eds, Migration in an Age of Punishment (New York: Columbia University Press) 75-96.

 “Persuasion, Authority, and the (Common Law) Foundations of Transnational Legal Decision-Making” in D. Mohammed & M. Lewiński, eds., Argumentation and Reasoned Action: Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Argumentation, Lisbon, 2015. Vol. II. (London: College Publications, 2016) 505-518.

“As Good as it Gets? Security, Asylum and the Rule of Law After the Certificate Trilogy” (2016) 52:3 Osgoode Hall Law Journal

“Sex Work, Law and Violence: Bedford v. Canada and the Human Rights of Sex Workers” (2013) 31:1 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice

“The Genocide Question and Indian Residential Schools in Canada” (Summer, 2012) Canadian Journal of Political Science (with David MacDonald)

“The History and Structure of Criminal Law” in, Karla O’Regan & Susan Reid, eds., Thinking About Criminal Justice in Canada (Emond Montgomery Publications, 2012)

“Transnational Human Rights Advocacy and the Judicial Review of Global Intelligence Agency Cooperation in Canada” in Craig Forcese & François Crépeau, eds., Terrorism, Law and Democracy: Ten Years After 9/11 (Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2011)

(Book Review) “Learning From Our Mistakes? Legal-Moral Philosophy and the Constitution of International Law- A Review of Patrick Capps’ ‘Human Dignity and the Foundations of International Law’” (2011) 2:1 Transnational Legal Theory 145

(Book Review) “Civilizing Globalization: Human Rights and the Global Economy-David Kinley” (2011) 2:2 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 240

“The Administration of Justice? Certificate Proceedings, Charkaoui II, and the Value of Disclosure” (2010) 48:1 Alberta Law Review 195

“A Delicate Balance: Charkaoui (Re) and the Constitutional Dimensions of Disclosure” (2010) 19:1 Constitutional Forum 129

“The Never-Ending Story? Charkaoui (Re) and the Virtues of Persistence” (October 29th, 2009) The Court ( Osgoode Hall Law School

“Whither International Law? Security Certificates, the Supreme Court, and the Rights of Non-Citizens in Canada” (2009) 26:1 Refuge 172

(Book Review) “Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution- edited by Stephen Tierney” (Winter 2009) 46:3 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 675

“Neither Here nor There: The (Non-)Impact of International Law on Judicial Reasoning in Canada and South Africa” (2008) Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 321

“The Politics of Human Rights: Evaluating the Ethics of Strategic Social Construction” (2008) 9:3 Gnosis 1


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