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Jaya Ramji-Nogales


Jaya Ramji-Nogales is Associate Dean for Research and the I. Herman Stern Research Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Refugee Law and Policy and supervises the Temple Law Asylum Project, which she created with her dedicated and talented students and their partners at the Washington Office on Latin America, providing tailored country conditions research to support asylum seekers and their lawyers. She has co-authored, with Georgetown Law Profs. Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag, two empirical studies of the US asylum system: Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform, a quantitative study of adjudication at all four levels of the process, and Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security, a quantitative and qualitative study of asylum adjudication before the Department of Homeland Security’s Asylum Offices.

Her recent works assess refugee law under the Trump administration, including The End of Asylum, co-authored with Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag; a comparative look, with co-author Tally Kritzman-Amir, at nationality bans in Israel and the United States; and an evaluation of refugee rhetoric in the United States since the Refugee Act of 1980. Prof. Ramji-Nogales has also examined law and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including Freedom of Movement, Migration & Borders, comparing EU and US responses, co-authored with Prof. Iris Goldner Lang of the University of Zagreb, as well as an open-access volume with articles from authors throughout the Americas, Europe, and Israel entitled Migration in the Time of COVID-19: Comparative Law and Policy Responses, co-edited with Prof. Goldner Lang. She has also authored articles on the situation of forced migrants under international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Prof. Ramji-Nogales is a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law, as well as a founding Co-Chair of the Migration Law Interest Group at the Society. She is also a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the RefMig Project based at the Hertie School Center for Fundamental Rights and the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University.