Brian Gorlick worked with the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN Secretariat in a number of senior positions for twenty-seven years. With UNHCR he served in Türkiye, India, Sweden, New York, the Caribbean, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and the Department of International Protection at Headquarters in Geneva. He has been on mission to some forty countries around the globe. Prior to joining the UN, Brian worked as legal counsel in the areas of immigraton, refugee, and administrative law in Toronto.
He holds degrees from the University of Winnipeg (BA), York University (MA), Osgoode Hall Law School (JD), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM, with distinction) and was called to the Ontario Bar. For several years Brian was Policy Developments Editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law (Oxford University Press). He has published on international and comparative refugee and human rights law, gender rights, immigration and national security, global administrative law and has lectured and taught at university and training institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America.
In addition to teaching on the MA course, Brian is Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative and is currently engaged in consultancy and volunteer work on international public law and promotion of refugee and migrant rights.