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Graham Hudson, Associate Professor

Graham Hudson

Associate Professor
DepartmentFaculty of Law, Department of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts
Areas of ExpertiseSocial justice; Canadian constitutionalism; criminal law; immigration law; legal theory

Graham Hudson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and the Department of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts 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. His dissertation focused on the use of secret evidence in the Canadian security certificate regime.

Hudson’s research is in the areas of jurisdiction, the local governance of migration, urban securitization, constitutional law, and legal pluralism. His current research is organized around a SSHRC-funded socio-legal study of the sanctuary city/access without fear movement in Canada. It aims to identify factors affecting the implementation of sanctuary policies, with special emphasis on community capacity building and the strengthening of municipal jurisdiction over privacy and data. Hudson is also conducting research on the use of secret evidence in Canadian courts, including security certificates, terrorism trials, and civil litigation.

“Policing Canada’s Refugee System: A Critical Analysis of the Canada Border Services Agency” (2020) International Journal of Refugee Law (with Idil Atak [lead author] and Delphine Nakache) (Forthcoming)

“Rescaling the Sanctuary City: Police and Non-Status Migrants in Ontario, Canada” (2020) International Migration (with Mia Hershkoqitz (Lead Author) and Harald Bauder) (forthcoming)

“Behind Closed Doors: The Administration of ‘Secret Trials’ in Canada” (2019) 44:1 Queens Law Journal 

“City of Hope, City of Fear: Sanctuary and Security in Toronto, Canada”, in J. Darling and H. Bauder, Rescaling Citizenship, Migration and Rights (Manchester University Press, 2019)

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

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

“Does Crimmigration Theory Rest on a Mistake?” (2018) 4:4 International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.  

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

Canada’s Refugee System: Reviewing the Unintended Consequences of the 2012 Reform” (2017) Refugee Survey Quarterly. (with Idil Atak [lead author] and Delphine Nakache). 26 pp. 

“(No) Access T.O.: A Pilot Study on Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, Canada” (2017) RCIS Working Paper No 2017/1 (co-authored with Idil Atak, Michele Manocchi, and Charity-Ann Hannan. I am the lead author) 39 pp.

“’Making Canada’s Refugee System Faster and Fairer’: Reviewing the Stated Goals and Unintended Consequences of the 2012 Reform” (2017) CARFMS Working Paper No. 2017/3 (Co-authoered with Idil Atak [lead author] and Delphine Nakache) 50 pp.

“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,” (2015) 52:3 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 905

 “Sex Work, Law and Violence: Bedford v. Canada and the Human Rights of Sex Workers” (2013) 31:1 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (co-authored with Emily van der Meulen. I am the lead author)

The Art of Persuasion: International/Comparative Human Rights, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Reconstitution of the Canadian Security Certificate Regime (PhD Dissertation: Osgoode Hall Law School, October, 2012)

 “The History and Structure of Criminal Law” in, Karla O’Regan & Susan Reid, eds., Thinking About Criminal Justice in Canada 1st ed (Emond Montgomery Publications, 2012)

“The Genocide Question and Indian Residential Schools in Canada” (Summer, 2012) Canadian Journal of Political Science (co-authored with David MacDonald; I am the secondary author) 

“Transnational Human Rights Advocacy and the Judicial Review of Global Intelligence Agency Cooperation in Canada” in C. Forcese & F. 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.

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

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

Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, Ryerson University (2015) - ($2,000)

Scholarly, Research and Creativity Award, Ryerson University (2012) - ($2,000)

Fellowship, Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security (2009-2010) - $5,000 

Honourable Willard Z. Estey Teaching Fellowship in Law (2005-2007) - $1,000

Graduate Students’ Scholarship Award, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (2004) - $7,500

Research Grants

Source Year Amount Per Year
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Connections Grant 2019 $25,000
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant (PI) 2018 $84, 867
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Connections Grant 2018 $24,867
Foundation For Legal Research 2015 $5,000
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant (Co-Applicant) 2015 $2,150,100.00
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada- Conference Support: Where to From Here: A Canadian Strategy for Business and Human Rights? 2014 $2, 000
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant (Co-Applicant) 2014 $199, 515
Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice 2011 $6,000
Harry Arthurs Collaborative Research Grant 2009 $5,000
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. (Doctor of Laws) Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 2012
LLM (Master of Laws) Queen's University 2005
JD (Juris Doctor) University of Toronto 2004
BA (Honours Double Major in History and Philosophy) York University 2001