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IHRP & Asper Centre book forum with Ninette Kelly – People Forced to Flee: History, Change and Challenge

October 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Book Forum hosted by the International Human Rights Program and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights

Friday, October 28, 2022 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm (light lunch served for those in person, at noon; program starting at 12:30pm)

Jackman Law Building, J140 or virtual

People forced to flee book cover

People Forced to Flee: History, Change and Challenge (Oxford University Press 2022) by Ninette Kelley


  • Words of welcome from Dean Jutta Brunnée
  • Book overview by Ninette Kelley


  • Erin Simpson (JD 2013)
    IHRP alumna, founding partner of Landings LLP, practicing refugee and immigration law in Toronto
  • Professor Yin-Yuan Chen (MSW 2005, JD 2010, SJD 2020)
    IHRP and Asper Centre alumnus, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law section), researching refugees’ access to health care
  • Professor Ghizaal Haress
    Visiting Scholar and Scholar-at-Risk, University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
  • Fen Hampson (attending virtually)
    President, World Refugee and Migration Council

Response by Author

Ninette KelleyNinette Kelley is a former senior officer in UNHCR. She recently completed a book for UNHCR to commemorate the 70th anniversaries of the creation of the Office (2020) and of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (2021). People Forced to Flee: History, Change and Challenge (Oxford University Press, 2022). It reflects back and looks forward: drawing on the lessons of history to probe how we can improve responses to forced displacement. Prior assignments included UNHCR Director, New York (2015-2019) and UNHCR Representative, Lebanon (2010-2015).

Kelley has also held various policy and consultative roles with international humanitarian agencies focusing on development, immigration and refugee issues. In Canada she served eight years on the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). She is the author of The Making of the Mosaic: The History of Canadian Immigration Policy, University of Toronto Press, 2nd edition, October 2010 (with Michael Trebilcock) and has published in the areas of human rights law, citizenship, refugee protection, gender related persecution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She is a lawyer by training.



October 28, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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