I am a lawyer and researcher passionate about interdisciplinary and collaborative work. I love teaching and sharing knowledge and work on complex issues like immigration detention, health and human rights, and the Syrian conflict. Humility, creativity, and nuance are the key approaches to my work
Countries worked in: Canada, United States, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, India, Colombia, Turkey, Jordan, Philippines
Languages: English, French, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Arabic
M.A. York University
J.D. University of Toronto Faculty of Law
LL.M Candidate, University of Cambridge
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GROUPS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)
Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL)
(2018). “Attrition Though Enforcement and the Deportation of Syrians from Turkey and Jordan.” Petra Molnar. In Advancing Protection and Fostering Belonging in an Era of the Criminalization of Migration. Edited by Idil Atak and James Simeon. McGill-Queens University Press. Forthcoming.
(2016). "Stories of Resettlement: Reception of Syrian Refugees in Canada." Petra Molnar. In From Far and Wide: Stories of Refugees and Migrants in Canada. Edited by Susan Dodd. Fernwood. Forthcoming.
Peer Reviewed Articles
(2017). Discretion to Deport: Intersections between Health and Detention of Syrian Refugees in Jordan. Petra Molnar. Refuge 33 (2) 2017.
(2016). Cracks Where the Lights Gets in: Recent Legal Breakthroughs in Detention and Crimmigration in Canada. Petra Molnar and Stephanie Silverman. Metropolitics. 7 December 2016.
(2016). "The Boy On The Beach": The Fragility Of Canada's Discourses On The Syrian Refugee 'Crisis'." Petra Molnar. Contention Journal: Civil Society and Uncivil Times. Fall 2016.
(2016). Everyday Injustices: Barriers to Access to Justice for Immigration Detainees in Canada. Stephanie Silverman and Petra Molnar. Refugee Survey Quarterly 35 (1): 109-127.
(2015). Unshackled discretion: Lacking access to justice in the Canadian immigration detention system. Dr. Stephanie Silverman and Petra Molnar. Refugee Research Network – Detention and Asylum Cluster.
(2014). The “Bogus” Refugee: Roma Asylum Claimants and Discourses of Fraud in Canada’s Bill C-31. Petra Molnar Diop. Refuge Vol 30 (1) 2014.
(2013). Reimagining Social Policy Toward Transnational Social Support. Kimberly Veller, Petra Molnar and Sofia An. 2013. Transnational Social Review – A Social Work Journal No 4.
(2016). On Vulnerable Ground: Syrian Refugees At Risk of HIV in Turkey and Jordan – Recommendations for Canada’s Response. Petra Molnar and Kristin Marshall. International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Internal Report Submitted to the Canada's Ministry of Immigration and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(2014). Refugees & ICT Assessment, Opportunities and Risks: How can ICT best be used by and for refugees? Petra Molnar Diop, Claire Tempier. SINGA Project.
Open Access Journals
(2015). "Managing Editors Statement." Refugee Review: Reconceptualizing Refugees and Forced Migration in the 21st Century. ESPMI Network – Refugee Research Network. Petra Molnar, Brittany Wheeler.Vol 2(1): 2015.
(2013). "Managing Editors Statement," Refugee Review: Social Movements. ESPMI Network – Refugee Research Network. Petra Molnar Diop, Brittany Wheeler, Oana Petrica, Negin Dahya. Vol 1(1): 2013..
(2017). Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement. Petra Molnar. Historica Canada: The Canadian Encyclopedia.
(2017). Canadian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Petra Molnar. Historica Canada: The Canadian Encyclopedia.
(2017). Child Migration to Canada. Petra Molnar. Historica Canada: The Canadian Encyclopedia.
(2016). Immigration Detention in Canada. Petra Molnar. Historica Canada: The Canadian Encyclopedia.
(2016).Refugees: An Overview. Petra Molnar. Historica Canada: The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Op Eds and Other
(2018). “Governments’ use of AI in immigration and refugee system needs oversight.” Petra Molnar. 16 October 2018. Policy Options.
(2018) “Using AI in Immigration Decisions Could Jeopardize Human Rights.” Petra Molnar. 11 October 2018. Centre for International Governance Innovation.
(2018). “Ottawa’s use of AI in immigration system has profound implications for human rights.” Petra Molnar and Ron Deibert. 26 September 2018. The Globe and Mail.
(2018). “What if an Algorithm Decided Whether You Could Stay in Canada or Not?” Petra Molnar and Samer Muscati. 27 September 2018. Refugees Deeply.
(2018). “How Canada’s immigration detention system spurs violence against women.” Petra Molnar and Stephanie Silverman. 15 April 2018. The Conversation.
(2017). Toronto Can Easily Do More for Non-Status Children. Petra Molnar, Stephanie Silverman, and Salina Abji. Huffington Post. 22 June 2017.
(2016). Trump's Rise Obligates Us To Question So-Called Canadian Values. Petra Molnar. Huffington Post. 11 November 2016.
(2016). Research Findings from Immigration Detention: Arguments for Increasing Access to Justice." Petra Molnar and Stephanie Silverman. Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.
(2016). Excluded from Justice? Immigration Detainees in Canada. Petra Molnar and Stephanie Silverman. Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights.
(2015). Our Tour of Shame. Kristin Marshall, Maia Rotman, and Petra Molnar. The Huffington Post (6 October 2015). http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/maia-rose-rotman/syria-refugee-crisis_b_8245778.html
(2015). Politics Of A Refugee Crisis: Syrian Refugees And The Canadian Response. Petra Molnar. Rights Review Vol 9(1).
(2014) Exposing The “Ugly Side” Of Canada’s Immigration Laws: An Interview With Amar Wala, Director And Producer Of The Secret Trial 5. Petra Molnar. Rights Review Vol 8(2).
Teaching and public legal education
Canada’s Migration Regime: Disjunctures, Gaps, And Inequalities. March 15th, 2017, Dr. Sasha Kondrashov, SOCW 3000-01 Canadian Social Policy, Thompson Rivers University - Invited Lecturer
Are Refugees Welcome Here? Trump, Immigration, and Canadian Responses, Centre for Ethics, CARFMS Seminar, February 3, 2017 – Organizer and Moderator
The Dangers of Discretion: Dilemmas, Developments, and Ongoing Challenges in Canada’s Immigration Detention Regime, Centre for Refugee Studies, January 17, 2017 - Invited Lecture
Canada’s Migration Regime: Disjunctures, Gaps, and Inequalities. November 9th, 2016, Dr. Ethel Tungohan, AP/POLS4103 - Diversity and Politics in Canada, York University - Invited Lecturer
The Dangers of Detention: Dilemmas, Developments, and Ongoing Challenges in Canada’s Immigration Detention Regime January 24th, 2017, Dr. Anna Pratt, CRIM 4658 - Law, Crime and Borders: Immigration Penality, York University- Invited Lecturer
Refugee Law: An Introduction. Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), July 21, 2016, Toronto, Canada – Invited Lecturer
Canada’s Response to the Global Refugee Crisis: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, CERIS and Factor-Iventash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, December 3, 2015 – Invited Panelist
Health Rights, Security, and Stigma: Syrian Refugees in Turkey and Jordan, UN Day of Peace, McLaughlin College, York University, 22 September, 2014, Toronto, Canada – Invited Lecturer
International Refugee Law and HIV/AIDS, Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), 13 July, 2015, Toronto, Canada – Invited Lecturer
Changes to Canada's Citizenship Act: A Primer, Toronto Tibetan Buddhist Association, June 17, 2015, Toronto, Canada – Invited Lecturer
"Multiculturalism and Barriers to Citizenship," Course: 208 Immigration Policy, Prof. Roohullah Shabon, Seneca College, February 17, 2015 – Invited Lecturer
Satellite Clinic for Downtown Legal Services: Information on Poverty Law, Church of the Redeemer, Toronto, Canada, November 2013, February 2014, June 2014, August 2014, October 2014, February 2015 – Presenter
Series of 5 Public Legal Education Seminars on a variety of topics relating to refugee law, immigration law, and human rights – Sojourn House, June to August 2014 – Presente
CrossRoads TV Programme, TVI, Toronto ON, January 5, 2014 – Panelist, immigration and refugee issues