Anna Purkey holds the degrees of B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University, LL.M from University of Toronto and is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, under the supervision of François Crépeau.
Her research focuses primarily on justice in the context of protracted refugee situations. Specifically, she is looking at the application of development theory to long-term refugee crises and the impact of a greater focus on access to justice and legal empowerment on refugee protection, refugee rights and human dignity. Previous research has focused on the administration of justice in refugee camps, including the different types of formal and informal dispute resolution mechanisms that can be found in these situations.
Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Anna held the position of legal counsel at the Department of Justice Canada, working both in the Family, Children and Youth section and in Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She has also worked with the Canadian Council for Refugees and Action Réfugiés Montréal and teaches international migration law at Carleton University.
Anna Lise Purkey, "Whose Right to What Justice? The Administration of Justice in Refugee Camps" (2011) Vol. 17, No. 1, New England Journal of International and Comparative Law 121.
Anna Purkey, "A Place in the World: Dignity and Justice in Protracted Refugee Situations", Tomlinson Talks organized by Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University, Montreal, 21 March 2012.
Anna Purkey, "Whose Right to What Justice? Humanitarian Intervention and the Administration of Justice in Refugee Camps", International Studies Association Annual Convention "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Montreal, 16-19 March 2011.
Anna Purkey, "World unto Themselves: Questioning State Governance of Refugee Camps", International Studies Association Annual Convention "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Montreal, 16-19 March 2011.
Anna Purkey, "Beyond Rights-Based Humanitarianism: Human Dignity in the Law of Protracted Refugee Situations", McGill Graduate Law Students Association Conference "Law as a Bridge", Montreal, 31 May-1 June 2010.
Anna Purkey, "Whose Right to What Justice?", Third Annual Conference of the Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law, "Concerning States of Mind, Disturbing the Minds of States", Toronto, 29-30 January 2010.
Anna Purkey, "Whose Right to What Justice? Humanitarian Intervention and the Administration of Justice in Refugee Camps", 2nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, "Forced Migration and Shifting Borders", Ottawa, 1-2 June 2009.