Daniel Kanstroom: "The Immigration Debate"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)


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Daniel Kanstroom

Professor of Law and Director, International Human 
Rights Program Boston College Law School


"The Immigration Debate"

a presentation based in the new book
"Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora"

About the Talk:

The talk will focus on a current deportation system of the United States and especially deportation's aftermath: the actual effects on individuals, families, U.S. communities, and the countries that must process and repatriate ever-increasing numbers of U.S. deportees.
It is the subject of a recent published book that Professor Kanstroom considers whether our deportation system "works" in any meaningful sense. He also asks a number of under-examined legal and philosophical questions: What is the relationship between the "rule of law" and the border? Where do rights begin and end? Do (or should) deportees ever have a "right to return"? He concludes with specific reform proposals for a more humane and rational deportation system.

This event is hosted by:

  • The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program
  • The Latin America Program
  • The Harvard Law School's Harvard Immigration Project

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Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, the Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, and the International Human Rights Semester in Practice.

He founded and directs the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent noncitizens and asylum-seekers. Together with his students, he has won many high-profile immigration and asylum cases and has provided counsel for hundreds of clients over more than a decade.

Professor Kanstroom has served on the American Bar Association's Immigration Commission and the Advisory Board of the PAIR Project. He was rapporteur for the American Branch of the Refugee Law Section of the International Law Association. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Paris, the University of Boulogne sur Mer, Northeastern School of Law, American University, King’s College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Vermont Law School.

Professor Kanstroom has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law. His work has appeared in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, and the French Gazette du Palais. His book, Deportation Nation, was published by Harvard University Press in 2007, and released in paperback in 2010. His newest book, Aftermath, Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora was published by Oxford University Press.