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Prof. James C. Hathaway, Director

Prof. James C. Hathaway meets with refugees and NGOs in NepalJames C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common-law world. He is the founding director of Michigan Law's Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam, and Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. Prof. Hathaway was on leave from 2008 to 2010 to serve as Dean of the Melbourne Law School, where he established Australia's first all-graduate (JD) law program. He regularly provides training on refugee law to academic, non-governmental, and official audiences around the world. In addition, he is Counsel on International Protection to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Founding Patron of Asylum Access, a nonprofit organization committed to delivering innovative legal aid to refugees in the global South.

FINDING REFUGE: Read the right-place, right-time story of how James Hathaway began his career as one of the world's top refugee law experts.

"Without a doubt, Jim Hathaway is the leading scholar internationally in refugee law. You probably wouldn't find any leading decision in the world that doesn't make reference to his work."
—Louise Moor, LLM '04, a member of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal of New Zealand

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