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Anneke Smit

Director, Windsor Law Centre for Cities
Associate Professor

Anneke Smit is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and the inaugural Director of the Windsor Law Centre for Cities. She is the co-lead of the Government of Canada-funded Cities and Climate Action Forum.  Prior to joining Windsor Law she held a Lectureship at the School of Law, University of Reading (UK).  Dr. Smit's research, teaching and community engagement focus on urban planning and municipal law, and global refugee law and policy. 

Dr. Smit has worked on domestic and global refugee law and policy with government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in Canada, the Balkans and the South Caucasus.  She has held visiting positions at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law; Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, and the Faculté de Droit, Université d'Aix-Marseille.  

Dr. Smit's publications include Public Interest, Private Property: Law and Planning Policy in Canada (co-edited with Marcia Valiante, UBC Press, 2016), The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution (Routledge, 2012), and A Guide to International Law Careers, 2nd ed. (co-authored, British Institute for International and Comparative Law, 2015).  She has written consultancy papers for the Jerusalem Old City Initiative (JOCI) and UNHCR Europe.

Her extensive community involvement includes two terms (2016-2020) as founding member of the national Scholars at Risk Canada steering committee, and founding the Windsor-Essex chapter of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Programme (Refugee SSP) from 2016-18.  She is a regular commentator in English and French-language media on urban planning issues and refugee law and policy. 

She has been the recipient of the Windsor Law Students Law Society (SLS) Faculty Award, the Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership Welcoming Communities Award, the University of Windsor Alumni Association Excellence in Mentoring Award, and the UWindsor Humanities Research Group Fellowship.