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Dr. Nergis Canefe


Scholar and Researcher in International Criminal Law, Human Rights and Forced Migration

Nergis Canefe is a Turkish-Canadian scholar of public international law, comparative politics, forced migration studies and critical human rights. Her areas of interest are memories of atrocities and injustice and the way they shape the notion of citizenship for marginalized groups, critical studies of human rights, genocide and crimes against humanity, the relationship between nationalism and minority rights in the Balkans and the Middle East, forced migration, and debates on ethics in international law pertaining to mass political violence.

Canefe has more than twenty years of experience in carrying out in-depth qualitative research with displaced communities and teaching human rights and public law globally. Her research experience includes working with the Muslim and Jewish diasporas in Europe and North America, refugees, and displaced peoples in Turkey, Cyprus, India, Uganda, South Africa, Bosnia and Colombia.

In the field of legal studies, she is specialized in international public law, with particular emphasis on state accountability and state criminality. She has held posts in several European and Turkish Universities and is currently a faculty member at York University, Canada. Professor Canefe is also a trained artist and her designs and murals have been showcased regularly since 2008.