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Athabasca University

Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey

Assistant Professor, Legal Studies
Centre for Social Sciences



  • PhD, Indigenous Law, Australian National University
  • LLB (Honours), Public Law, University of London
  • LLM, Refugee Law, York University
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Nottingham
  • BA, Child Developmental Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • BSc (Honours), Zoology and Biochemistry, University of Ghana


  • Foundations of University Teaching and Learning, Centre for Learning and Education, Australian National University
  • Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating, Centre for Learning and Education, Australian National University
  • South African Constitution in Comparative Context, Mandela Institute, School of Law, University of Witwatersrand
  • International Dispute Resolution, Mandela Institute, School of Law, University of Witwatersrand
  • Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University


Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey is a multi-award winner, an author, a passionate academic-advocate, and an innovator. Holding six academic degrees from world-class institutions across four continents, Dr. Fynn Bruey has researched, taught, consulted, and presented at conferences in over 25 countries. In 2002, she founded Africa Awareness, a student driven initiative responsible for instituting the first and only African Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. In 2009, she founded the Journal of Internal Displacement, the only scholarly platform committed to global displacement concerns. In 2018, she founded the Voice of West African Refugees (VOWAR) at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Director of Tuki-Tumarankeh, a non-profit focused on global displacement, migration, and development issues. As a co-investigator of a Canadian Institute for Health Research grant on “Combating Stigma Among People Living with Lymphatic Filariasis in Ghana”, she provides training and assist with effective delivery of the project. She is the Director of Flowers School of Global Health Science, a faculty affiliate at Seattle University School of Law, a research affiliate with the University of London’s Refugee Law Initiative, co-founder of the Law and Society's Collaborative Research Network (CRN) 11: “Displaced Peoples”, and project lead of the Law and Society Association’s International Research Collaborative (IRC) 10: “Disrupting Patriarchy and Masculinity in Africa”. She has authored five books, several book chapters, and peer review journal articles. Dr. Fynn Bruey is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.

Current Research

Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey has an extensive interdisciplinary research background. As an agent of social change and proponent of active research, she believes academic study should be transformative, innovative, and practical. Adopting a complex methodological design grounded in indigenous, anti-feminism, decoloniality, and critical (race/legal) intersectionality, and social determinants of health theory, her research identifies, examines, assesses, and analysis socio-legal challenges in developing concrete solutions to address them efficiently. She is one of very few scholars to examine the indigeneity-displacement-trauma nexus in the post-modern international forced migration law regime. Currently, Dr Fynn Bruey leads three major research projects: 1) Systematic Violence Against Indigenous Peoples (S-VAIP): an examination of the “rule of law” as an oppressive tool against marginalised groups especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC); 2) Displaced Peoples: argues that giving agency to survivors of war and violence recognises and validates their effort to own their story and chart the path they want; and 3) Patriarchy and Gender in Africa (PaGiA): aims at disrupting all forms of masculinities by identifying the root causes of male dominance and misogyny in diverse institutional, cultural, and community settings. This project also assesses practical applications of transformative leadership for social change and gender equality in comparative contexts.

Areas of Focus

  • Systemic violence and the rule of law
  • International (human rights) law
  • Discrimination and oppressive (settler) law
  • Global public health law
  • Indigenous law in comparative context
  • Feminist jurisprudence and gender relations
  • Maternal and reproductive rights
  • Forced displacement, migration, and development
  • Social justice, transformative leadership, and ethics
  • Complex research methods, design, and writing

Selected Publications


Veronica Fynn Bruey (ed), Patriarchy and Gender in Africa ((Lanham: Lexington, 2021).

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender (eds), Deadly Voyages: Migrant Journeys Across the Globe, (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2020).

Veronica Fynn (ed), Documenting the Undocumented: Redefining Refugee Status (Boca Raton: Universal Publisher, 2010).

Veronica Fynn, Legal Discrepancies: Internal Displacement of Women and Children in Africa, (Kusterdingen: Flowers Books, 2011).

Book Chapters

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Misogyny, Xenophobia, and Masculinity in the Academy: An Epicenter of Violence, Abuse of Power, and Humiliation” in Veronica Fynn Bruey (ed.), Patriarchy and Gender in Africa (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Deadly Voyage of African Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean: AU-EU Law and Policy Response” in Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender (eds), Deadly Voyages: Migrant Journeys Across the Globe, (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2020).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Public Health in Liberia” in George Klay Kieh Jr. (ed), Liberia in the Twenty-First Century: Perspectives and Issues, (Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers, 2019).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Indigenous Women and International Law” in Susan Harris Rimmer and Kate Ogg (eds), Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Maternal and Reproductive Rights - Ebola and the Law in Liberia” in David Schwartz, Julienne Anoko and Sharon Abramowitz (eds), Pregnant in the Time of Ebola: Women and Their Children in the 2013 West African Epidemic (Switzerland: Springer, 2019).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Redefining the Role of African Women in International and Regional Law: The Case of Pre- and Post-war Peacebuilding in Liberia” in Seema Shekhawat (ed), Gender, Conflict, Peace, and UNSC Resolution 1325 (Lanham: Lexington, 2018).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Africa Union Agenda 2063: Aspiring for Justice and the Rule of Law in Liberia” in Azubike C Onuora-Oguno, Wahab Egbewole, and Thomas Kleven (eds), Education Law, Strategic Policy, and Sustainable Development in Africa: Agenda 2063 (Cham: Springer-Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Deadly Voyage: African Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean” in Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Judith Okonkwo and Sarah Owusu (eds), We Will Lead Africa. (Gilpin-Jackson, Owusu & Okonkwo, 2017).

Veronica Fynn, “Mother Passed It On” in Marguerite Andersen (ed), Feminisms Journeys/Voies Féministes (Toronto: Feminist History Society, 2010).

Veronica Fynn, “Refugee Women and Children in Africa” in Veronica Fynn (ed), Documenting the Undocumented: Redefining Refugee Status (Boca Raton: Universal Publisher, 2010).

Journal Articles

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Development-induced displacement and homelessness in Seattle, Washington,” (2019) 18 Artha: Journal of Social Sciences 2, 1-25.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Fatal Journeys of Displaced African Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean: International and Regional Effort and Response” (2018) 8 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 45-82.

Veronica Fynn, “Forced Migration and Displacement During the Arab Spring” (2012) 2 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 2-14.

Veronica Fynn, “Liberian Refugees: Access to Health & Education in Exile” (2011) 35 Liberian Studies Journal 1 and 2 (2010), 98-127.

Veronica Fynn, “Africa’s Last Colony: Sahrawi People – Refugees, IDPs and Nationals?” (2011) 1 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 40-58.

Veronica Fynn, “Around the Fringes of Internal Displacement: Trending Mass Movements of Aboriginals in Canada” (2011) 1 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 46-76.

Veronica Fynn, “Is the Law a Social Determinant of Health?” (2010) XXXIV Canadian Public Health Association Digest, 5.


Glenn Scott Davis, Chris Klaeysen, Kelly Richburg, David Kaz, Veronica Fynn, Linda Faaren, José Ramón Fernández-Peña, Rebecca Craig, Laura DiZazzo, Alexandra Olins, and Vy Nguyen, Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Career Pathways to Economic Stability and Quality Jobs for Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Workers and Professionals (Seattle: City of Seattle Office for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, 2017).

Veronica Fynn, UBC Africa Census: The State of Africa at UBC (Vancouver: Vice President Research and International, 2012).

Blog Posts

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “A closer look at child trafficking in Africa: The case of Victoria Climbie”, The Association of Commonwealth Universities Global Challenges, (29 September 2020).

Veronica Fynn, “Omar Khadr – The US and Canada’s Treatment of a Child Soldier Turned Adult Prisoner”, Regarding Rights, Centre for International Governance and Justice, (12 July 2013).

Veronica Fynn, “African Women Resilience: Antidote for White Supremacy Complex in Development Delusions”, Delusions of Development, (9 April 2013).

Book Reviews

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion, and Survival” by Lynda Mannik, Journal of Internal Displacement, (10 Journal of Internal Displacement, Volume 2, 2020 (July), 25-28.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Compassionate Migration & Regional Policy in the Americas” by Steven W. Bender & William F. Arrocha, 9 Journal of Internal Displacement, Volume 1, 2019 (January), 74-77.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp” by Noahiko Omata, 9 Journal of Internal Displacement, Volume 1, 2019 (January), 78-80.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Indigenous Crimes and Settler Law: White Sovereignty After Empire” by Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane, (2017) 4 American Society for International Law’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group Newsletter 1 (Summer), 10-11.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging” by Vivian Gerrand, (2017) 7 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 29-30.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “Unaccompanied Minors in International, European and National Law” by Ralf Rosskopf (ed), (2017) 7 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 27-28.

Veronica Fynn Bruey, “The Kampala Convention and its Contribution to International Law” by Mehari Taddele Maru, (2016) 6 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 2-4.

Veronica Fynn, “Gender, Conflict and Peace by Kashmir: Invisible Stakeholders” by Seema Shekhawat, (2015) 5 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 19-21.

Veronica Fynn, “Lat Does Not Exist: Oral Histories of Development-Induced Displacement in India” by Sam Tranum, Lois Kapila, Nikhil Roshan, (2014) 4 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 81-82.

Veronica Fynn, “Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress” by Megan Bradley, (2014) 4 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 79-80.

Veronica Fynn, “Transitional Justice and Displacement” by Roger Duthie, (2013) 3 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 36-37.

Veronica Fynn, “No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation” by Elazar Barkan and Howard Adelman, 2 (2012) Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 98-101.

Veronica Fynn, “Growing Up Naked: The Untold Stories of Children at War” by McAnthony Keah, (2010) 18 International Journal of Children’s Rights 1-3.

Updated July 08 2021 by Student & Academic Services

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