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Interim Dean

Graham Hudson sitting down

Graham Hudson

Areas of Expertise

Socio-legal studies, access to justice, criminal law, immigration law, critical border studies.


PhD (Doctor of Laws) Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2012
LLM (Master of Laws) Queen's University, 2005
JD (Juris Doctor) University of Toronto, 2004
BA (Honours Double Major in History and Philosophy) York University, 2001


Graham Hudson currently serves as interim dean, Lincoln Alexander School of Law from the period between Jan. 1, 2024 to June 30, 2024. During this time, Dean Donna E. Young will take a pre-planned administrative leave, returning to the role of dean on July 1, 2024.

A professor and associate dean, academic at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Graham has been actively involved in the development of the law school’s JD program, including its integrated practice curriculum. He has been a faculty member at TMU since 2010 and has held several administrative positions during this time. In 2020, he received the President’s Blue and Gold Award for Staff Excellence for his role on the Lincoln Alexander School of Law start-up team. Graham has law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School (PhD), Queen's University (LLM), and the University of Toronto (JD).

Graham’s scholarly, research and creative (SRC) work focuses on the local governance of migration, critical border studies, and legal education. He leads a SSHRC-funded socio-legal study of the sanctuary city/access without fear (AWF) movement in Canada. As part of this research, Graham has advised municipal governments in Ontario on the design and implementation of AWF policies and participates in community-based advocacy, including Healthcare for All and Sanctuary Campus campaigns. He is also conducting comparative and historical research on legal education, with a focus on competency-based education in law, experiential learning, and student mental health.

“Policing Canada’s Refugee System: A Critical Analysis of the Canada Border Services Agency” (2020) International Journal of Refugee Law (with Idil Atak [lead author] and Delphine Nakache) (Forthcoming).

“Rescaling the Sanctuary City: Police and Non-Status Migrants in Ontario, Canada” (2020) International Migration (with Mia Hershkoqitz (Lead Author) and Harald Bauder) (Forthcoming).

“Behind Closed Doors: The Administration of ‘Secret Trials’ in Canada” (2019) 44:1 Queens Law Journal.

“City of Hope, City of Fear: Sanctuary and Security in Toronto, Canada,” in J. Darling and H. Bauder, Rescaling Citizenship, Migration and Rights (Manchester University Press, 2019).

“Secret Hearings and the Right to a Fair Trial: 2015 and Beyond” Canadian Human Rights Yearbook.

“The (Mis-)Uses of Analogy: Constructing and Challenging Crimmigration in Canada” in I. Atak & J. Simeon, eds., The Criminalization of Migration in Canada and Abroad (Queens-McGill Press 2018) 37-70.

“Does Crimmigration Theory Rest on a Mistake?” (2018) 4:4 International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

“Ordinary Injustices: Punishment, Persecution and the Criminalization of Asylum in Canada” in P. Kretsedemas & D. Brotherton (eds.), Migration in an Age of Punishment (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017) 75-96.

“Canada’s Refugee System: Reviewing the Unintended Consequences of the 2012 Reform” (2017) Refugee Survey Quarterly. (with Idil Atak [lead author] and Delphine Nakache) 26.

“(No) Access T.O.: A Pilot Study on Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, Canada” (2017) RCIS Working Paper No 2017/1 (co-authored with Idil Atak, Michele Manocchi, and Charity-Ann Hannan. I am the lead author) 39.

Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, Toronto Metropolitan University (2015)
Scholarly, Research and Creativity Award, Toronto Metropolitan University (2012)
Fellowship, Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security (2009-2010)
Honourable Willard Z. Estey Teaching Fellowship in Law (2005-2007)
Graduate Students’ Scholarship Award, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (2004)
Source Year
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Connections Grant 2019
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant (PI) 2018
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Connections Grant 2018
Foundation For Legal Research 2015
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant (Co-Applicant) 2015
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada- Conference Support: Where to From Here: A Canadian Strategy for Business and Human Rights? 2014
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant (Co-Applicant) 2014
Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice 2011
Harry Arthurs Collaborative Research Grant 2009
  • Executive Committee, Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (2017-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (2015-Present)
  • Senior Research Affiliate, Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (2014-Present)