Professor Delphine Nakache Recognized for Impactful Research on Immigration and Citizenship

Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
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By Common Law

Communication, Faculty of Law

professor Delphine Nakache stands with  her arms crossed
Immigration and citizenship law is a complex area of legal study. For her efforts to demystify this field of law, while amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable communities, Common Law’s Professor Delphine Nakache has received a University of Ottawa research award.

Professor Nakache has been chosen as the 2022-2023 winner of the University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities stream. The award, which is overseen by the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO), aims to recognize exceptional research that has made significant original contributions that have had a broad impact. 

As one of Canada’s leading researchers on issues of refugee and migration policy and practice, Professor Nakache has dedicated her career to amplifying the voices of vulnerable populations caught in the large legal framework of statutes, regulations, policies and other legal instruments that crowd international migration systems. Migrants and refugees who do not hold status as Canadian citizens cannot vote or be elected. As a result, they – and notably the most vulnerable among them – almost never participate in public policy debates and are rarely able to protest or contest decisions. Professor Nakache has established herself as a leading Canadian authority on Canadian citizenship law, immigration detention policies, and the rights of temporary foreign workers, publishing her research in both French and English. By bringing migrants’ life experiences – in their own words – to public policy and practice debates, Professor Nakache is working to ensure improved protections of their fundamental rights.  

Professor Nakache is one of two winners for 2022-2023: this year’s other winner is Professor Mamadou Fall of the Faculty of Engineering, who receives the award in the Sciences stream.  Each award carries with it an honorarium of $2,500.  This award was previously won by Common Law’s Professor Teresa Scassa in 2014-2015. 

The awards will be formally presented at the University of Ottawa’s Reception for Excellence in Research, which will take place this fall. 

Congratulations to Professor Nakache!