Dr. James C. Simeon is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a Member-at-Large of the Executive of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and a past President of CARFMS. He also serves as the Coordinator of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges' (IARLJ) Inter-Conference Working Party Process. His primary areas of research are international refugee law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and public policy and public administration. He has published widely in these areas of research and he has organized and led many highly successful academic and professional conferences, symposia and workshops. Before joining the faculty at York University he served as the IARLJ's first Executive Director and prior to that he was a Member and Coordinating Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). He recently completed an LLM in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

Publications/recent projects


  • Co-edited with Michael J. Molloy, “The Indochinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program,” Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, Special Issue on the Indochinese Refugee Movement in Canada, Vol. 32, No. 2, (2016).
  • The UNHCR and the Supervision of International Refugee Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, August 2013. (359 pages)