<div style="line-height: 20px;">Legal and Research Director, The Refugee Hub, University of Ottawa<br><span style="font-size:13px;">Canada</span></div
Nathan Benson is the Legal and Research Director at the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, providing leadership to the Hub’s research, policy and public interest litigation initiatives. His interests include domestic and international refugee law and policy, international migration governance frameworks, and the intersection of climate change and migration. He recently led the Refugee Hub’s engagement in the Migration Consensus Initiative, a partnership with the Columbia University Global Policy Initiative that provided analysis and convened high-level stakeholder dialogues to help inform the negotiation of the UN Global Compact for Migration. Nathan also co-leads the Refugee Hub’s public interest interventions clinic at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. A lawyer by training, Nathan has also worked as a communications executive, as a senior strategic advisor in the private sector, and as a political and policy advisor at the national and municipal levels. This background in policy and public engagement continues to inform his work. Nathan joined the Refugee Hub as Director of its national Refugee Sponsorship Support Program in early 2016, and assumed responsibility for the Hub’s research and policy portfolio in 2017. He holds degrees in law (JD, uOttawa, summa cum laude) and Political Science (MA, Carleton) and is a former judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada.
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