Friday, June 3, 2022

Ayelet Shachar

Professor Ayelet Shachar (photo credit: MPI-MMG 2020)

Professor of Law, Political Science & Global Affairs Ayelet Shachar has been shortlisted by the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) for the C.B. Macpherson Prize.

Awarded every two years by the CPSA for the "best book published in English or in French in the field of political theory" Shachar is recognized for her book, The Shifting Border: Legal cartographies of migration and mobility (MUP 2020).

"The border is one of the most urgent issues of our times. We tend to think of a border as a static line, but recent bordering techniques have broken away from the map, as governments have developed legal tools to limit the rights of migrants before and after they enter a country's territory. The consequent detachment of state power from any fixed geographical marker has created a new paradigm: the shifting border, an adjustable legal construct untethered in space. This transformation upsets our assumptions about waning sovereignty, while also revealing the limits of the populist push toward border-fortification. At the same time, it presents a tremendous opportunity to rethink states' responsibilities to migrants. This book proposes a new, functional approach to human mobility and access to membership in a world where borders, like people, have the capacity to move."

Shachar is currently the R.F. Harney Program Director and R.F. Harney Chair in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. 

The winner of the C.B. Macpherson Prize will be announced on June 7, 2022.

Hear more from Shachar on the The Shifting Border in this #UofTLawOnline webinar: