Sarah Marsden

Assistant Professor

BA (York), LLB (Victoria), LLM (Victoria), PhD (UBC)

Sarah’s research focuses on migration and the laws governing work and social welfare, particularly the law’s interaction with social relations. She earned her PhD in law from the University of British Columbia (2013), during which time she held a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Her graduate research was based on a study with migrant workers and documented the impact of temporary migration status across multiple legal and institutional settings, including hospitals, schools, income security, and employment standards. She has published several chapters and articles dealing with temporary labour migration, including “The New Precariousness: Temporary Migrants and the Law in Canada,” which received the Canadian Law and Society Article Prize in 2013.

Sarah also has a background in clinical legal education, having held the position of supervising lawyer for a number of years with the Law Students’ Legal Advice program housed at the University of British Columbia. She is the co-author of Clinical Law: Practice, Theory, and Social Justice Advocacy, a new clinical education text for Canadian law schools. Before joining Thompson Rivers University as faculty, she designed and conducted a community-based research study and was the sole author of “An Examination of Clinical Legal Education Models for Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law” to establish a foundation for the faculty’s first clinical law program.

Sarah was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2006 and has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since then, including private practice in the areas of immigration, refugee, employment, and workers’ compensation law.

  1. Clinical Law: Practice, Theory, and Social Justice Advocacy (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016) (with Sarah Buhler and Gemma Smyth)
  2. Enforcing Exclusion: Why Migration Status Matters (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press) (expected press date 2017)
  1. Silence Means Yes Here in Canada: Precarious Migrants, Work, and the Law, (2014) 18:1 Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 1.
  2. The Ideology of Temporary Labour Migration in the Post-Global Era (with Catherine Dauvergne) (2014) 18:2 Citizenship Studies 224.
  3. Shifting the Parameters of Debate on Temporary Labour Migration: Beyond Numbers vs. Rights (with Catherine Dauvergne) (2014) 15:3 Journal of International Migration and Integration 525.
  4. The New Precariousness: Temporary Migrants and the Law in Canada (2012) 27:2 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 209. (Winner of the 2013 Annual Canadian Journal of Law and Society Article Prize)
  5. Assessing the Regulation of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada (2011) 49:1 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 39.
Book chapters
  1. The Right to Work: Immigration and Mobility in David Dooney, ed., The Law of Work (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016).
Other publications
  1. British Columbia Temporary Migrants Legal Handbook (Produced for dissemination within the local Bar and community organizations, funded by a small project grant from the Foundation for Legal Research, 2011).
  2. Government Income Support Programs (with Tim Bailey) in M. R. Uhlemann & D. Turner (eds.), A Legal Handbook for the Helping Professional, 3rd ed. (Victoria: Sedgewick Society for Consumer and Public Education, 2005).
Sarah Marsden

OM 4619

  • Labour Law (LAWF 3860)
  • Immigration and Refugee Law (LAWF 3680)
  • Community Lawyering (LAWF 3780)