CARFMS Graduate/Law Student Essay Contest


Past Winners of the CARFMS Graduate/Law Student Essay Contest


There was no winner in the Graduate and Law category this year due to insufficient entries.



“The Followers in Chinese Civil War: Diasporic women’s gender roles and motherhood practices in a military village”, Szu-Nuo Chou, University of Ottawa

Shortlisted Essays:

“Forced Migration and Forms of Power: United States Policy on Displacement in the Context of Climate Change”, Vanessa Silva-Roy, Carleton University

“Cosmopolitical Foodways in the Borderlands of El Paso”, Rudi Barwin, Allard School of Law, UBC


Winner: Mutual aid amongst refugees: Organized abandonment and anarchic places, Nicolas Parent, McGill University

Runners up (in no particular order):

Migration as climate adaptation: Insights from Mesoamerica, Benjamin Keenan, McGill University

Displaced Venezuelans and the Politics of Asylum: The case of Brazil’s Group Recognition Policy, Luiz Leomil, Carleton University


Winner: “Unpacking knowledge-practices in social movements: The Canadian Rohingya social movement,” Yuriko Cowper-Smith, University of Guelph

Runners up (in no particular order): 

  • Fleeing Domestic Violence, Fleeing Transphobia: Examining Intimate Partner Violence Asylum Claims Involving Transgender Claimants,” Shannon Russell,  University of British Columbia
  • Deciding Who to Sponsor in Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program,” Ian van Haren, McGill University
  • Naples: Sanctuary City?,” Travis Moore, York University


Winner:HISTORICALLY SPANISH: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and the changing nature of Suspect Communities vis-à-vis racialization mechanisms,” Angelica Hasbon, York University

Runners up (in no particular order):

  • Balanced reporting? Constructing the refugee in news coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis in Canada and the UK,” Man Xu
  • Social Movement Theory & Italy’s Migrant Question,” Travis Moore, York University
  • Decolonizing Research Ethics in Kakuma Refugee Camp,” Neil Bilotta, McGill University


Winner: Like a tree without leaves”: Syrian refugee women and the shifting meaning of Marriage​”, Dina Taha, York University

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Winner:Family Reunification in Canada: Towards Authentic Humanitarianism​,” (PDF) Tania Dargy, Ryerson University

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Winner: David Suk, McGill University (, for his paper: “Febles v Canada: A plainly wrong plain-text interpretation of Article 1F(b)

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Winner: Congratulations to Sasha Lallouz for winning the 2015 essay contest for her paper titled “The Credible Claimant meets the Credible Autobiographer

Runners up (in no particular order): 

  • Peter Grbac, “Politicizing Protection: India and its 1971 Refugees“, McGill University
  • Ecem Oskay, “Conceptualizing Refugee Agency”, McGill University
  • Kathryn Dennler, “Undoing Immigration Status in the UK“, York University


La politique d’asile dans l’Union européenne face à l’article 3 de la Convention Européenne des Droits de l’Homme et le principe de non-refoulement: Évolutions, doutes et certitudes – Anaël Aram Tchoulfian, University of Montreal

We also congratulate the shortlisted candidates Tanya Aberman (York University) and Jeewon Min (University of British Columbia).  

Runners up (in no particular order): 

Surrogate Protection in Canada and Potential Nationality in South Korea: Does a North Korean Asylum-Seeker have a “genuine link” to South Korea? – Jeewon Min, University of British Columbia

 Gendered Perspectives on Refugee Determination in Canada  – Tanya Aberman, York University


Starting From Refugees Themselves: Sketch for an Institutional Ethnography of Refugee Resettlement – Christophe Sevigny, Carleton University


Exclusion in International Refugee Law: 20th Century Principles for 21st Century Practice? – Justin Mohammed

Runners up (in no particular order): 

One Roof, One Right: Refugee Claimants and the Right to Social Housing – Andrea Clegg, McGill University