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16 Nov
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Nov 16, 2017 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Ideas from the North with Efrat Arbel

Asylum and the Borders of Rights Protection in Canadian Law

Asylum seekers present at or within Canada’s borders are entitled to basic rights protection under Canadian law. However, where precisely these borders lie is far from clear. In this talk, Efrat Arbel (Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia) examines the Canadian border as a site at which to study the legal rights entitlements of asylum seekers. Arbel considers the conflicting ways in which the border is conceived: both as a multiple, moving barrier that can be selectively positioned outside Canada’s territorial boundaries and as a singular and static barrier positioned at the edge of Canadian territory. Arbel’s talk is the second lecture in the 2017-2018 Ideas from the North Series.