Michael Barutciski

Associate Professor

Canadian Studies


Professor Barutciski is a lawyer who specializes in Canadian public affairs. He has also worked for three decades on diplomatic and human rights issues in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He writes regularly in both official languages for Canadian national newspapers. 

LLD - Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
LLM - Osgoode Hall Law School
LLB - Université de Montréal
BA - McGill University

Les dilemmes de protection internationale des réfugiés : Analyse de l'action du HCR, Presses Académiques Francophones, 2018

Journal Articles

“Observations on EXCOM’s 60th Session: Does UNHCR Need (More) EXCOM Conclusions?”, Refuge, vol. 27, no. 2, 2010, pp. 133-141. 

“The Link between Protracted Refugee Situations and Civil War in Africa: Encouraging a New Direction for Research”, (co-authored with Karl DeRouen), Civil Wars, vol. 9, no. 2, 2007, pp. 214-225. 

“Les transferts de populations quatre-vingts ans après la Convention de Lausanne”, Canadian Yearbook of International Law, vol. 41, 2003, pp. 271-303.

“A Critical View on UNHCR’s Mandate Dilemmas”, International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 14, no. 2/3, 2002, pp. 365-381.

“Rejoinder: Protecting Refugees or Western States? A Response to the Human Rights-Based Approach and its Unintended Consequences”, Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, 2001, pp. 128-134.

“Lessons from the Kosovo refugee crisis: innovations in protection and burden-sharing” (co-authored with Astri Suhrke), Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, 2001, pp. 95-115.

“Le militantisme juridique et le néo-naturalisme face au droit international positif: Les flux massifs de réfugiés et la sécurité nationale”, Revue québécoise de droit international, vol. 14, no. 1, 2001, pp. 37-54.

“La protection internationale des réfugiés et le partage du fardeau: Leçons de la crise du Kosovo”, (co-authored with Astri Suhrke), Revue québécoise de droit international, vol. 14, no. 1, 2001, pp. 115-133.

“Peut-on justifier l’intervention de l’OTAN au Kosovo sur le plan humanitaire? Analyse de la politique occidentale et ses conséquences en Macédoine”, Canadian Yearbook of International Law, vol. 38, 2000, pp. 121-154.

“Western Diplomacy and the Kosovo Refugee Crisis”, Forced Migration Review, no. 5, August 1999, pp. 8-10.

“Debate – Questioning the Tensions between Refugees and IDPs: A Rebuttal”, Forced Migration Review, no. 4, May 1999, p. 35.

“Tensions between the Refugee Concept and the IDP Debate”, Forced Migration Review, no. 3, December 1998, pp. 11-14.

“The Development of Refugee Law and Policy in South Africa: A Commentary on the 1997 Green Paper and 1998 White Paper/Draft Bill”, International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 10, no. 4, 1998, pp. 700-724.

“Involuntary Repatriation When Refugee Protection Is No Longer Necessary: Moving Forward After the 48thSession of the Executive Committee”, International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 10, no. 1/2, 1998, pp. 236-255.

“Politics Overrides Legal Principles: Tragic Consequences of the Diplomatic Intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1991-1992)”, American University Journal of International Law and Policy, vol. 11, no. 5, 1996, pp. 767-791.

“The Reinforcement of Non-Admission Policies and the Subversion of UNHCR: Displacement and Internal Assistance in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1994)”, International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 8, no. 1/2, 1996, pp. 49-110.

 “Refugee Rights in Canada and the 1951 Geneva Convention” (co-authored with François Crépeau), Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 7, n° 2/3, 1994, pp. 239-248.

Book Chapters

“Limits to UNHCR’s Supervisory Role”, in James Simeon (ed.), The UNHCR and the Supervision of International Refugee Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 59-74.  

“Uganda”, in Karl DeRouen and Uk Heo (eds.), Civil Wars of the World: Major Conflicts since World War II, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007, pp. 791-808. 

“International Law and Development-Induced Displacement/Resettlement”, in Chris de Wet (ed.), Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement, Oxford: Berghahn, 2006, pp. 71-104. 

“Mass Refugee Flows and Burden-Sharing in the South Pacific”, in Geoffrey Leane et al. (eds.), International Law in the South Pacific: Recent Policies and Practices, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2005, pp. 9-34.

“Iran”, in Karl DeRouen and Uk Heo (eds.), Defense and Security: A Compendium of National Armed Forces and Security Policies, vol. I, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005, pp. 307-323. 

“Lausanne Revisited: Population Exchanges in International Law and Policy”, in Renée Hirschon (ed.), Crossing the Aegean: An Appraisal of the 1923 Compulsory Population Exchange between Greece and Turkey, Oxford: Berghahn, 2003, pp. 23-37.

“Lessons from the Kosovo refugee crisis: innovations in protection and burden-sharing” (co-authored with Astri Suhrke), in Danièle Joly (ed.), Global Changes in Asylum Regimes, London: MacMillan, 2002, pp. 79-104.

“Guerra e migrazione forzata”, in Marco Buttino (ed.), In fuga – guerre, carestie e migrazioni nel mondo contemporaneo, Milan: l’Ancora del mediterraneo, 2001, pp. 193-214.

“Le droit international des réfugiés et le rapatriement involontaire”, in Luc Cambrézy and Véronique Lassailly-Jacob (eds.), Populations réfugiées: De l’exil au retour, Paris: Éditions de l’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, 2001, pp. 323-336.

“La diplomazia occidentale e la degenerazione del conflitto nel Kosovo”, in Marco Buttino and al. (eds.), Uomini in armi: costruzioni etniche e violenza politica, Milan: l’Ancora del mediterraneo, 2000, pp. 35-50.

Other Publications

“Canada must restore balance between its temporary and permanent resident programs”, The Globe and Mail, 5 February 2024, p. A11

Federal failures broke Canada’s asylum system, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 31 January 2024, 10 pages

“Has Canada’s asylum system fallen victim to ideology”, Ottawa Citizen, 2 January 2024

“Why are asylum claims still on the rise?”, The Globe and Mail, 2 October 2023, p. A11

"Canada’s definition of ‘immigrant’ is overly inclusive", The Globe and Mail, 28 August 2023, p. A11 

"Quebec’s caution about immigration is a lesson for all of Canada", Ottawa Citizen, 19 June 2023

"The Safe Third Country Agreement decision is a wake-up call to Ottawa", The Globe and Mail, 16 June 2023, p. A13 

“The safe-third-country amendment paves a balanced road to refugee protection”, The Globe and Mail, 5 April 2023, p. A11

“The Roxham Road situation requires a diplomatic solution”, The Globe and Mail, 27 February 2023, p. A11

“Canadian diplomacy can solve Roxham Road issue”, Ottawa Citizen, 21 February 2023

“Is a diplomatic solution possible for Roxham Road?”, Inside Policy, 10 February 2023 

Responding Jointly to Russian Aggression : The symbiotic relationship between the Ukrainian diaspora and the Canadian government, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 4 January 2023, 67 pages

The Roxham Road legal confusion is back, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 31 May 2022, 8 pages

"Here's why Ukrainian refugees are getting special treatment in the West", Ottawa Citizen, 2 May 2022, p. A5 

"Il faudra clarifier la «protection temporaire» des réfugiés", Le Devoir, 16 March 2022

"Canada's 'temporary protection' for Ukrainian refugees needs clarity", Ottawa Citizen, 15 March 2022

"Le défi du chemin Roxham post-pandémie", La Presse, 8 March 2022

"Roxham Road — Canadians deserve honest talk about this country's asylum policy", Ottawa Citizen, 7 March 2022

"Belarus exposes the West's confused approach to asylum seekers", Ottawa Citizen, 3 December 2021

"Helping Afghan refugees will require Taliban and Pakistani cooperation", Ottawa Citizen, 6 October 2021

"Ottawa should appeal Federal Court's invalidation of Safe Third Country Agreement", Inside Policy, 30 July 2020

"Despite Trump, courts will consider the US 'safe' for refugees", Inside Policy, 6 December 2019 

"Débat : L’asile mène au populisme", Global Brief, Summer/Fall 2019, pp. 56-59 

"Our hands aren't tied on the border", National Post, 21 August 2018, p. A9 

"PM exaggerating refugee law", National Post, 13 July 2018, p. A10 

"Demandeurs d'asile - Pour une politique cohérente", La Presse, 18 August 2017 

"Canada's illogical refugee policy", National Post, 16 August 2017, p. A9

"U.S. welcoming more refugees than you may think", National Post, 14 March 2017, p. A9

"Comment orienter les immigrants vers les régions?", Global Brief, Winter/Spring 2017, pp. 34-36 

"Enough with this silly 'loophole' at the border, Mr. Trudeau, we need a clear policy, now", National Post, 2 March 2017

“Can newcomers be told where they must live?”, The Globe and Mail, 24 August 2016, p. A11 

"La fin de l'espace Schengen?", Global Brief, Query, Winter/Spring 2016, pp. 36-38 

“Stemming the refugee crisis”, National Post, 8 September 2015 



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