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Jay Ramasubramanyam

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Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Email: jayram@yorku.ca

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Jay Ramasubramanyam is an Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Law & Society Program at York University, Toronto. Professor Ramasubramanyam obtained his B.A. in Criminology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2009). He received a Postgraduate Diploma and LL.M. in International Human Rights from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (2011) and his Ph.D. from the Department of Law and Legal Studies and the Institute of Political Economy, at Carleton University (2021).

He is a global south migration researcher. 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. His research explores the asymmetries of power, knowledge production and the ostensible legitimacy of norms in the field of refugee studies and refugee law.

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 formerly taught in Carleton University in the areas of social justice and human rights, refugee rights, international law, and race and racialization. In recognition of his teaching excellence, he won the Contract Instructor Teaching Award.

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.

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Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (Legal Studies and Political Economy), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Master of Law (International Human Rights) , Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts (Criminology), Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Research Interests

Human Rights , Race and Racism, International Law, Refugee Law/Studies, Postcolonial Theory
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘Regional Refugee Regimes: South Asia’, in Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster, and Jane McAdam (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (Oxford University Press, 2021).

2021

James Milner and Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘The Role of UNHCR’, in Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster, and Jane McAdam (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (Oxford University Press, 2021).

2021

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2018. Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants Ayten Gündoğdu. (2015). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 491-493. (Book Review)

2018

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2017. Making refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal: 330-332. (Book Review)

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘Subcontinental Defiance to the Global Refugee Regime: Global leadership or regional exceptionalism?’ (2020) 24 Asian Yearbook of International Law 60-79.

2020

Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘Does Execution by Shooting or Firing Squad Constitute “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”?’ (2011) 24 Amicus Journal 15.

2011

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2020. Critical Pedagogy Symposium: Put Up or Shut Up–Iconoclasm and Precarious Teaching Contracts in the Neoliberal Academe; Opinio Juris

2020

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2016. “States of Exception”: EU's Relationship with De-facto States and Implications on Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Identity, Borders in Globalization Research Project 64.

2016

Other

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2021. India is chipping away at its past generosity towards refugees, Refugee Law Initiative Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration

2021

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2020. India’s treatment of Muslims and migrants puts lives at risk during COVID-19, Op-ed – The Conversation.

2020

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2020. Will global corporations take responsibility for those they have long exploited?, Opinion Post – openDemocracy

2020

Doutaghi, Helyeh., and Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2019. By not investigating the U.S. for war crimes, the International Criminal Court shows colonialism still thrives in international law, Opinion Post – The Conversation

2019

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2017. Sharing Perspectives on Climate Migration: From Narratives, to Language, to Conceptualization, Blog Post – Canadian Network on Humanitarian History

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC3992 6.0 A Popular Trials LECT
Fall 2021 AP/SOSC1375 3.0 A Introductory Socio-legal Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC4350 6.0 C Law and Society Honours Seminar SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2022 AP/SOSC1375 3.0 N Introductory Socio-legal Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC4350 6.0 C Law and Society Honours Seminar SEMR
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC3992 6.0 A Popular Trials LECT


Jay Ramasubramanyam is an Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Law & Society Program at York University, Toronto. Professor Ramasubramanyam obtained his B.A. in Criminology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2009). He received a Postgraduate Diploma and LL.M. in International Human Rights from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (2011) and his Ph.D. from the Department of Law and Legal Studies and the Institute of Political Economy, at Carleton University (2021).

He is a global south migration researcher. 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. His research explores the asymmetries of power, knowledge production and the ostensible legitimacy of norms in the field of refugee studies and refugee law.

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 formerly taught in Carleton University in the areas of social justice and human rights, refugee rights, international law, and race and racialization. In recognition of his teaching excellence, he won the Contract Instructor Teaching Award.

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.

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (Legal Studies and Political Economy), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Master of Law (International Human Rights) , Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts (Criminology), Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Research Interests

Human Rights , Race and Racism, International Law, Refugee Law/Studies, Postcolonial Theory

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘Regional Refugee Regimes: South Asia’, in Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster, and Jane McAdam (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (Oxford University Press, 2021).

2021

James Milner and Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘The Role of UNHCR’, in Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster, and Jane McAdam (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (Oxford University Press, 2021).

2021

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2018. Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants Ayten Gündoğdu. (2015). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 491-493. (Book Review)

2018

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2017. Making refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal: 330-332. (Book Review)

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘Subcontinental Defiance to the Global Refugee Regime: Global leadership or regional exceptionalism?’ (2020) 24 Asian Yearbook of International Law 60-79.

2020

Jay Ramasubramanyam, ‘Does Execution by Shooting or Firing Squad Constitute “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”?’ (2011) 24 Amicus Journal 15.

2011

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2020. Critical Pedagogy Symposium: Put Up or Shut Up–Iconoclasm and Precarious Teaching Contracts in the Neoliberal Academe; Opinio Juris

2020

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2016. “States of Exception”: EU's Relationship with De-facto States and Implications on Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Identity, Borders in Globalization Research Project 64.

2016

Other

Publication
Year

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2021. India is chipping away at its past generosity towards refugees, Refugee Law Initiative Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration

2021

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2020. India’s treatment of Muslims and migrants puts lives at risk during COVID-19, Op-ed – The Conversation.

2020

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2020. Will global corporations take responsibility for those they have long exploited?, Opinion Post – openDemocracy

2020

Doutaghi, Helyeh., and Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2019. By not investigating the U.S. for war crimes, the International Criminal Court shows colonialism still thrives in international law, Opinion Post – The Conversation

2019

Ramasubramanyam, Jay. 2017. Sharing Perspectives on Climate Migration: From Narratives, to Language, to Conceptualization, Blog Post – Canadian Network on Humanitarian History

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC3992 6.0 A Popular Trials LECT
Fall 2021 AP/SOSC1375 3.0 A Introductory Socio-legal Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC4350 6.0 C Law and Society Honours Seminar SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2022 AP/SOSC1375 3.0 N Introductory Socio-legal Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC4350 6.0 C Law and Society Honours Seminar SEMR
Fall/Winter 2021 AP/SOSC3992 6.0 A Popular Trials LECT