News and Publications

“Rights at the Border” Entitled podcast with Professor Ayelet Shachar

The right to seek and enjoy asylum has never been more important than in today’s global landscape. At the same time, countries have never been more committed to finding increasingly creative ways to avoid having to take in refugees. Today on Entitled, we discuss the right to asylum and what our rights are at the … More

Latest publication by Ayelet Shachar investigates the role of wealth as both accelerator and barrier to citizenship

Unequal access: wealth as barrier and accelerator to citizenship Combining insights from the history of citizenship with contemporary legal analysis, this article both highlights and problematizes what we may call sorting strategies – restrictive closure and selective openness – which rely on ‘varieties of affluence’ (income, wealth, equity, credit, and the like) in shaping possibilities … More

New Collaboration with Max Planck Law

Event: Rethinking Citizenship and Movement in the Age of Digital Disruption launches a new collaboration with Max Planck Law and the Harney Program On July 12, 2021, the Harney Program in collaboration with Max Planck Law hosted the panel Event: Rethinking Citizenship and Movement in the Age of Digital Disruption. Automated decision-making, big data and … More

Ayelet Shachar’s latest article in “Citizenship Studies”

Combining insights from the history of citizenship with contemporary legal analysis, this article both highlights and problematizes what we may call sorting strategies – restrictive closure and selective openness – which rely on ‘varieties of affluence’ (income, wealth, equity, credit, and the like) in shaping possibilities for entry, settlement, and naturalization. By emphasizing the growing … More

Call for 2021-2022 Graduate Student Applications Graduate Research Fellowship in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies

The R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy is pleased to announce the R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellowship in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies, a new interdisciplinary initiative designed to support research by University of Toronto graduate students working at the intersection of … More

New Publication by Marie-Eve Loiselle in the Journal Law, Culture and the Humanities

This article investigates the role the law has played in the construction of the US–Mexico border wall. It explores two episodes of wall-building in American history: the first surrounding the adoption of the Act of August 19, 1935, and the second the adoption of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, both authorizing the erection of a fence … More

Jurisprudence Lecture by Ayelet Shachar

The Jurisprudence Lecture, delivered by Ayelet Shachar, challenges the established dichotomy between open and closed borders, showing that one of the most remarkable developments of recent years is that borders are simultaneously both more open and more closed. Membership boundaries are not fixed or static. Instead, they expand or shrink, selectively and strategically, depending on the target populations they encounter.

New publication by Ayelet Shachar and Marie-Eve Loiselle in the Green European Journal

In recent years, surveillance technologies have increasingly been deployed to monitor, control, and curtail the movement of people. The pandemic is accelerating this trend. While controlling the spread of Covid-19 is of paramount importance, a global regime of technologically enabled exclusion underpinned by a discourse of contagion is emerging. Even in a crisis, a debate over the future of mobility and technological surveillance is critical.

Shifting borders: invisible, but very real

In a new article published in the UNESCO Courier, Prof Ayelet Shachar warns that the COVID-19 pandemic accentuated the trends towards the use of cutting-edge technologies and complex regulations to impose travel restrictions on citizens and travelers alike.

Professor Ayelet Shachar appointed to the Munk School’s Robert F. Harney Professorship in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies

Congratulations to Professor Ayelet Shachar who has been appointed to the Munk School’s Robert F. Harney Professorship in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2021. Professor Shachar will also serve as Director of the Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Professor Shachar … More

Prof. Dr. Shachar winner of the DFG Leibniz award

Ayelet Shachar, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity (MPI MMG), has been awarded the 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her groundbreaking work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of multicultural societies. Awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Leibniz Prize is Germany’s most prestigious research … More

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