Audrey Macklin

Study program:
Law, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
Current affiliation:
University of Toronto

Professor Audrey Macklin’s project examines private refugee sponsorship from sponsors’ perspectives. Macklin will learn about the motivations, experiences, and perceptions of individual refugee sponsors, as well as how sponsorship affects and mobilizes them as citizens.

Foundation project: Re-settler society: Making and remaking citizenship through private refugee sponsorship

Project objectives: The project aims to create knowledge about private refugee sponsors and will involve the following tasks:

1. Providing a theoretical and historical foundation for the inquiry into current practices of private sponsorship of Syrian refugees since late 2015;
2. Documenting and analyzing the characteristics, motivations, experiences, and perceptions of individual refugee sponsors;
3. Creating a transnational network for individual and civil society sponsors in various countries, including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

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Audrey Macklin, BSc (Alberta), LLB (Toronto), LLM (Yale), is the Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, the Chair in Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law, and teaches at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of migration and citizenship law, gender, multiculturalism, business and human rights, and administrative law.

Professor Macklin’s body of work addresses academic and non-academic legal audiences, interdisciplinary scholarly networks, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations inside and outside Canada. She has also contributed to several edited book collections. She is often invited to appear before parliamentary committees and is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international print, radio, and television media. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post.

From 1994 to 1996, Professor Macklin was a member of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, where she adjudicated refugee claims. She was an observer for Human Rights Watch at the Military Commission proceedings against Mr. Khadr in Guantánamo Bay, and represented Human Rights Watch as intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in two Khadr appeals. Professor Macklin has also acted as pro bono intervener counsel or academic legal advisor in several public interest human rights cases, including legal challenges to security certificates, withdrawal of health care for refugees, citizenship revocation, and the ban on niqabs at citizenship ceremonies.