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
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
LL.M Candidate, University of Cambridge

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New Report!

“Bots at the Gate: A Human Rights Analysis of Automated Decision Making in Canada’s Immigration and Detention System”

Available here!


  • 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)


Book Chapters

  • (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


  • (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

 Encyclopedia Entries

Op Eds and Other

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