Common Law Section

Common Law Section Faculty
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Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

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(613) 562-5794
(613) 562-5124


(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
(613) 562-5124

Jennifer Bond

Assistant Professor (on leave)

57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 353
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5
613-562-5800, ext. 3314


B.A. (University of Calgary, English), BCom (University of Calgary, Management), LLB (University of Victoria), LLM (Yale), called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia. 

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 (UNHCR) 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 made submissions before the Supreme Court of Canada; 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 and the UNHCR; and published or presented papers on a variety of international and domestic topics.  Currently, her primary research explores the troubling intersection between criminal law and the exclusion of asylum seekers, both in Canada and abroad.  Other projects discuss the constitutional implications of underfunding Canada’s criminal legal aid system; the limitations of duress as a defence in both refugee proceedings and international criminal law; and the failure of a mechanism designed to ensure legislative compliance with Canada’s human rights instruments.

In 2011, Professor 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 authored the expert Background Study for the Michigan Guidelines on International Refugee Protection, and in 2013 she and other international experts will consider her study during drafting of the Guidelines at the Michigan Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law. The report and Guidelines focus on the exclusion of suspected criminals from refugee protection.

Professor Bond teaches Immigration & Refugee Law; Criminal Law; and Constitutional Law I.  Students may sign up for office hours here.

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