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Jacqueline Bhabha papers

Biographical note

Jacqueline Bhabha is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. lecturer in law at Harvard Law School, the Director of Research at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard and the University Adviser on Human Rights Education to the Provost at Harvard University. She is also a lecturer on public policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

From 1997 to 2001, Bhabha directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, Bhabha was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She received a first class honors degree and an M.Sc from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the College of Law in London.

Bhabha is also the joint author of two other books: Womens Movement (1994) and Worlds Apart: Women Under Immigration and Nationality Law (1990). Her edited volume, Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge will be released in February 2011. Moving Children: Human Rights Dilemmas in Contemporary Child Migration, Bhabha’s next book is forthcoming. Bhabha has published extensively on issues of migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She directed and co-authored the product of an international research project, entitled Seeking Asylum Alone (2006), on unaccompanied and separated child asylum seekers.

Bhabha’s writing on issues of migration and asylum in Europe and the U.S. has been collected in an edited volume, Asylum Law And Practice in Europe and North America (1992). Along with her monograph publications, Bhabha has also published several book chapters, including “Border Rights and Rites” in Women and Immigration Law, and many articles, including “Get Back to Where You Once Belonged: Identity, Citizenship and Exclusion in Europe” (1998), “Inconsistent State Intervention and Separated Child Asylum Seekers” (2001), “Internationalist Gatekeepers? The tension between asylum advocacy and human rights” (2002) and "The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child" (2003).

Bhabha currently works on issues of transnational child migration, trafficking, adoption, children’s economic and social rights, and citizenship. She teaches international human rights, children’s rights and refugee law. Along with her scholarly and teaching work, Bhabha chairs the board of the Scholars at Risk Network and serves on the boards of the US section of International Social Services, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies.

(Biography from: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/jacqueline-bhabha)