Shauna Labman

Shauna LabmanDr. Shauna Labman
Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada, R3T 2N2
tel: 204.474.6137
fax: 204.474.7580


Curriculum Vitae


Shauna Labman, B.A. (Hons.); LL.B.; LL.M.; Ph.D. joined the Faculty of Law in July 2013. Her research areas include immigration and refugee law, human rights, citizenship, international law, and jurisprudence. She focuses on the layered influences of law on public policy and government positioning.  Dr. Labman’s doctoral project at the University of British Columbia, currently under revision for publication, examined the intersection of international rights, responsibility and obligation in the absence of a legal scheme for refugee resettlement.  From 2008 to 2012 she was a Trudeau Scholar with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.  Her doctoral work was further supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. She has worked as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi and with the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, as well as with the Law Commission of Canada, the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, the Nunavut Court of Justice and as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal. She has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2004.

Select Publications
  • “Blending, Bargaining, and Burden-Sharing: Canada’s Resettlement Programs” (2018) 19:2 Journal of International Migration & Integration 439
  • “Private Sponsorship: Complement or Conflicting Interests?” (2016) 32:2 Refuge 67
  • with Catherine Dauvergne, “Evaluating Canada’s Approach to Gender-Related Persecution – Revisiting and Re-Embracing ‘Refugee Women and the Imperative of Categories’” in Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne, and Jenni Millbank, eds, Gender in Refugee Law: from the Margins to the Centre (London: Routledge, 2014).
  • “Migration, Movement & Family: The Decline of Family in Canadian Immigration” 2014(2) G20 Youth Forum Conference Proceedings 153-157.
  • “Queue the Rhetoric: Refugees, Resettlement and Reform” (2011) 62 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 55-63.
  • “Looking Back, Moving Forward: The History and Future of Refugee Protection” (2010) 10 Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law.
  • “Globalizing Rights and Going Wrong: Finding the ‘Right’ Path to Refugee Protection” (2009) 5:2 Journal of International Law and International Relations 141-165.
  • “Resettlement’s Renaissance: A Cautionary Advocacy” (2007) 24:2 Refuge 35-47.
  • “Genetic Prophecies: The Future of the Canadian Workplace” (2004) 30:2 Manitoba Law Journal 227-247.
  • “Left in Legal Limbo: Transsexual Identity and the Law” (2001) 7 Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform 66-73.

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