Anna Purkey

Author: Anna Purkey

Anna Purkey is the 2015-2016 Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. In 2015, Anna completed her doctorate in civil law at the Faculty of Law at McGill University. Anna holds a B.C.L./LL.B from McGill University, as well as an LL.M. from University of Toronto and is a member of the Quebec Bar Association. Previously, she held the position of legal counsel at the Department of Justice Canada. She is a member of the board of directors of Action Réfugiés Montréal, and has been involved with various civil society organizations including the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. Anna has taught in a contract capacity in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University since 2009. Anna’s research focuses on the role that legal empowerment can play in ensuring that refugee communities are able to use the law and legal institutions and mechanisms to advance their rights and interests, to increase their self-sufficiency, and to ensure their human dignity. This research draws on themes of human capabilities, human and refugee rights, power, and good governance and accountability. Her current project investigates refugee participation in transitional justice with an emphasis on the situation in Myanmar and along the Thai-Burmese border.