Jennifer Bond, University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor Law Ottawa, Ontario jennifer.bond@uottawa.ca Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3314

Bio/Research

Jennifer Bond holds degrees in law, literature, and business and has been called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia. She completed her graduate work at the Yale Law School as a John Peters Humphrey Fellow in International Human Rights Law.

Professor Bond has clerked with the Ho...


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Bio/Research

Jennifer Bond holds degrees in law, literature, and business and has been called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia. She completed her graduate work at the Yale Law School as a John Peters Humphrey Fellow in International Human Rights Law.

Professor Bond has clerked with the Honourable Justice Michel Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada and at the Alberta Court of Appeal. She has also managed a grass-roots non-profit organization; worked as a strategic analyst at a leading consulting agency (Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting)); practiced law at a major Canadian firm (Heenan Blaikie, LLP); and served with the United Nations Refugee Agency in Damascus, Syria. She sits on the national executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) and is founder and current co-director of the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP), a multi-year, national initiative aimed at mitigating the access to justice implications of Canada’s new refugee legislation.

Professor Bond has completed research contracts for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Women’s Rights Project; provided strategic advice to Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations; been invited to attend several high-level consultations on human rights in fragile states, and published or presented papers on a variety of international and domestic topics. Currently, her primary research explores the troubling intersection betweencriminal law and the exclusion of asylum seekers, both in Canada and abroad. Other projects discuss links between gender and the responsibility to protect framework; the constitutional implications of underfunding Canada’s criminal legal aid system; and the limitations of duress as a defence in international criminal law.

In 2011, Professsor Bond was named a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, where she works with Professor James Hathaway and is affiliated with the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law. In 2012, she will author the expert Background Study for the 2013 Michigan Guidelines on International Refugee Protection. The report and Guidelines focus on the exclusion of suspected criminals from refugee protection.


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