Hilary Evans Cameron

Hilary Evans Cameron, B.A. (Hons) (McGill) 1998, LL.B. (Osgoode Hall) 2001, called to the Ontario Bar in 2003, SJD (University of Toronto) 2016. Dr. Evans Cameron practiced refugee law for a decade, representing claimants before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court. Her research explores decision-making in the refugee determination context with a focus on credibility assessment. She has published two articles on this topic in the International Journal of Refugee Law, one of which was included in a leading anthology of the “the finest scholarship available” in refugee law from the 1930s to the present (Hathaway 2014). She has also written on the right of Canadian children to challenge their parents’ deportations in Federal Court (UBC Law Review), on legal pedagogy (Journal of Law and Social Policy), and on the standard of judicial review (Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees relies on her research, and invited her to Europe to participate in a UN Expert Roundtable on Credibility Determination. Dr. Evans Cameron recently went to Sweden to assist renowned lie detection researcher Dr. Pär Anders Granhag and a team of cognitive psychologists attempting to improve credibility assessment in the Swedish refugee system. She is an instructor at Trinity College, a Visiting Associate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, and an Adjunct Professor and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her upcoming book about the law of fact-finding in refugee status decision-making (Refugee Law’s Fact-finding Crisis: Truth, Risk, and the Wrong Mistake) will be published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. Contact: hilaryevans.cameron@mail.utoronto.ca.