Jay Ramasubramanyam
Jay Ramasubramanyam
Assistant Professor
Law & Society Program, York University
Research keywords: Forced migration; international refugee law; statelessness; third world approaches to international law; human rights; race and racialization; postcolonial theory; and South Asian studies
Jay Ramasubramanyam is an Assistant Professor in the Law & Society Program at York University, Toronto. He obtained his BA in Criminology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2009). He received a Postgraduate Diploma and LLM in International Human Rights from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (2011) and his PhD from the Department of Law and Legal Studies and the Institute of Political Economy, at Carleton University (2021). His thesis was titled “India’s Relationship to the Global Refugee Regime: A Legal and Historical Analysis of the Conceptualization of Refugeehood.”

His research expertise includes forced migration, international refugee law, statelessness, third world approaches to international law, human rights, race and racialization, postcolonial theory, and South Asian studies.

He recently published an article in the Asian Yearbook of International Law on refugee law in the Indian subcontinent, and two book chapters in The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law. He was formerly a visiting scholar in the American Bar Association in Washington D.C. and a visiting researcher at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to his entry into academia, he was employed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a Refugee Status Determination Associate and in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a Protection Field Officer.