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Veronica Overlid

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Veronica Øverlid is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Prior to the PhD, she worked with civil society organizations related to human rights and youth in several countries, and has written several non-academic articles about human rights activism in Latin America. She has taught at a high school level, and has furthermore worked at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Egypt, with a focus on gender-based violence. Currently, she is involved in various student initiatives at Carleton University, including the Migration and Diaspora Student Society and the Graduate Law Student Association. For her doctoral dissertation, she is examining the “migrant caravan” in Central America as a social resistance movement, considering its implications for international law.


Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Bachelor of Languages, with specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Bergen, Norway


Charles, Carlo Handy & Veronica Øverlid, “Tuition hikes exacerbating existing challenges for international students”, Op-ed, Policy Options (3rd of July 2020) ts/

Øverlid, Veronica, Book Review of The borders of ‘Europe’: autonomy of migration, tactics of bordering by Nicholas De Genova, ed, (2020) 32:3 Journal of Refugee Studies 535 DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fez038

Grants & Awards:

2020-2023: Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship ($180,000)

2020-2021: Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)

2016 – Honours award for outstanding achievement (The American University in Cairo)

2014-2016 – University fellowship (The American University in Cairo, $25,128)

2015 – Graduate merit fellowship (The American University in Cairo, $8,667)

2014 – International organizations scholarship (The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, $7,000)