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Shauna Labman

Associate Professor

Shauna Labman
Contact Information


Human Rights, Global College


  • Human Rights
  • Law
  • Refugees and Immigration

Areas of Expertise:

  • Immigration
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship
  • Refugees
  • Resttlement

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Available To:

  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Dr. Shauna Labman is a lawyer and an Associate Professor of Human Rights in the Global College at The University of Winnipeg. She writes and speaks extensively on refugee law, resettlement, and private refugee sponsorship.

Her first book, 'Crossing Law’s Border: Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Program' (UBC Press, 2019), explores how rights, responsibilities, and obligations intersect in the absence of a legal scheme for refugee resettlement. She asks: How does law influence the voluntary act of resettlement, and how does resettlement affect asylum policy? She argues that the core concept of refugee protection, non-refoulement, can be compromised by resettlement, both by the resettlement selection process and the influence of resettlement practices on in-country asylum.

She is also lead editor on a second book, 'Strangers to Neighbours: Refugee Sponsorship in Context' (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). This is the first dedicated study of refugee sponsorship policy and explains the origins and development of refugee sponsorship, paying particular attention to the unintended consequences and ethical dilemmas it produces for refugee policy.

Media and Research Expert