Headshot Samer Muscati

Samer Muscati, Director 

Samer Muscati (JD2002) brings a wealth of experience and international perspective to his role as leader of the IHRP. For over five years, Samer has been a researcher with the world’s leading human rights NGO, Human Rights Watch (HRW). Most recently, Samer was the emergencies senior researcher in the women's rights division of HRW, where he monitored and documented women’s rights abuses during human rights crises. A lawyer, documentary photographer, and former journalist, Samer has conducted numerous fact-finding missions in Canada, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, and UAE. Before joining HRW in 2009, Samer worked in Baghdad as an adviser supporting the Iraqi government, and as a legal officer in the UN’s Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor. He also photographed and edited testimonials from survivors of sexual violence for a book commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Apart from his work in conflict and post-conflict countries over the last decade, Samer was a corporate lawyer at Bingham McCutchen in Boston and articled in Ontario with Barbara Jackman, specializing in immigration, refugee and national security law.

Samer is an alumnus of the Faculty (JD2002), and also holds an LL.M in international human rights law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since graduating, Samer has remained connected to the Faculty in numerous ways, including lecturing through the LAWS and IHRP programs, and supervising IHRP interns.  

Hanna Gros, Senior FellowHanna Gros, Senior Fellow    

Hanna Gros (JD 2016) is a recent graduate of the U of T Faculty of Law, and was heavily involved with the IHRP during her time at law school. Hanna completed two IHRP summer fellowships, working with the Population Council in Ethiopia, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Africa. Hanna contributed several articles to the IHRP's Rights Review magazine, and co-authored two IHRP reports on immigration detention: " 'We Have No Rights': Arbitrary imprisonment and cruel treatment of migrants with mental health issues in Canada," and " 'No Life for a Child': A Roadmap to End Immigration Detention of Children and Family Separation." 


Kathleen Davis, International Youth Fellowship Program Coordinator 

Kathleen Davis is a Canadian lawyer who has specialized in the field of international law. She currently teaches international criminal law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is completing her doctorate in international law at The University of Toronto, where she serves as a senior fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Canadian Centre for The Responsibility to Protect. Kathleen has provided research and legal assistance to the prosecution teams at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. She has also served as a consultant to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Kathleen completed her LL.M. in International Legal Studies at New York University, where she interned at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and in the Peace and Security Division of UN Women. Prior to completing her LL.M., Kathleen obtained her B.A. from The University of Western Ontario and her J.D. from Queen’s University. She completed her articles at Torys LLP, and is a member of the Bar of Ontario.

Kara Norrington, Administrative Assistant

Kara is the Administrative Assistant for the International Human Rights Program.  She has been enjoying this role for the past 13 years and works closely with the Director and students to provide support for the Program.