Veronica Fynn Bruey

Affiliated Faculty


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Room 413
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: 206-398-4074


BSc (Honours), University of Ghana, 2000
BA, University of British Columbia, 2004
MPH, University of Nottingham, 2006
LLM, York University, 2009
LLB, University of London, 2016
PhD, Australian National University


As an award-winning international interdisciplinary researcher in law, public health, science and psychology, Veronica Fynn Bruey has conducted research studies, consulted on projects and spoken at international conferences in over 20 countries across Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. With over 14 years of experience Veronica has held teaching and research positions at William V S Tubman University, University of Washington School of Law, Australian National University School of Law, Cuttington University, University of British Columbia, Georgetown Law Center, and the Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law.

She has published eight books and book chapters, 19 peer-review articles, book reviews and several reports in law, public health, Aboriginal issues, gender studies, human trafficking and (post)/colonial violence. Her PhD dissertation focuses on systematic "Gender Violence and the Rule of Law: Indigenous Communities in Post-war Liberia and Australia," while her Bachelor of Laws thesis "Critically Assess the Legitimacy of Modern Democracies in England's Constitutional Monarchy".

Veronica is an avid advocate of law and policy reform regarding race and ethnicity, human rights, social justice and equality. In 2001, while an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia, she founded Africa Awareness, a student-driven initiative that is responsible for implementing for the first inter-disciplinary African Studies program. This curriculum development effort earned her the University of British Columbia Alumni Achievement Global Citizenship Award in 2010 and a finalist of the YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award (2004). In 2007, she founded EV Research Inc., where she worked towards reducing the 10/90 research and development gap between resource poor and advance countries. She contributed toward drafting the Liberian Mental Health Law in 2011 as well as assisting the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission with domesticating the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (2012).

By way of professional services, Veronica is a senior editor of the International Law Journal of London and a peer-reviewer of the Journals of Human Trafficking and Human Rights. Her community engagement work include sitting on the board of the World Computer Exchange (Canada) and the Public Health Association of British Columbia. She is also an active member of the Law Section and International Health Section of the American Public Health Association, the Canadian Public Health Association, Bridge for Health, Indigenous Health Network, Refugee Action, Australian National University Gender Institute and the RECOGNISE Movement in Australia.

Currently, she is a senior researcher with the Centre for Policy in Liberia and the Director of Flowers School of Public Health and Health Sciences. She is also the founder/editor-in-chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement and the founder of "Displaced Peoples", a Law and Society Association's collaborative research network.

In her spare time, when she's not blogging then she's dancing, biking, hiking or running half-marathons. Veronica is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.



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

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

Book Chapters

(Forthcoming) "Maternal and Reproductive Eights - Ebola and the Law in Liberia" in Julienne Anoko and Sharon Abramowitz (eds), Pregnant in the Time of Ebola: Women and Their Children in the 2013 West African Epidemic, Springer.

(Submitted) "African Union and Legal Protection: African Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean" in Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Judith Okonkwo and Sarah Owusu (eds), We Will Lead Africa.

(Submitted) "Africa Union Agenda 2063: Aspiring for Justice and the Rule of Law in Liberia" in Thomas Kleven and Wahab Egbewole (eds), 2063 Africa: Issues in Education, Law, Strategic Policy, and Sustainable Development, Cambridge University Press

(Submitted) "Africa in the Academy: History of Africa Awareness @ University of British Columbia" in Efua Cooper and Handel Wright (eds), Blacks in Vancouver.

"Mother Passed It On" in Marguerite Andersen (ed) Feminisms Journeys/Voies féministes (Toronto: Feminist History Society, 2010).

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

Review Articles

(With Silvia Masiero) (forthcoming) "Information Technology and Computer Literacy Needs Assessment in Liberia."

(With Heather Lewis) (forthcoming) "Rights to Return, Resettle or Reintegrate? The Case of Liberian Refugees in Ghana."

"Forced Migration and Displacement During the Arab Spring" (2012) 2 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 2-14.

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

"Africa's Last Colony: Sahrawi People - Refugees, IDPs and Nationals?" (2011) 1 Journal of Internal Displacement 2, 40-58.

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

"Is the Law a Social Determinant of Health?" (2010) XXXIV CPHA Student Digest, 5.

"Stigmatization and Sexual & Gender-Based Violence" (2010) 7 Sea Breeze Journal 1 [electronic].

"Refugee Women and Children" [on-line], (2006) CIDA Youth Zone.

Book Reviews

(In press) "Clinical Legal Education in Asia" by Shuvro Prosun Sarker.

(In press) "Indigenous Crimes and Settler Law: White Sovereignty After Empire" by Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-Journal.

(2017) "Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging" by Vivian Gerrand, 7 Journal of Internal Displacement 1, 29-30.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(2012) "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.

(2010) "Growing Up Naked: The Untold Stories of Children at War" by McAnthony Keah, 18 International Journal of Children's Rights 1-3.


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

Policy Document: Migrant Health and Human Trafficking (Geneva: International Organisation for Migration, 2007).

Info Sheet: Health and Human Trafficking (Geneva: International Organisation for Migration, 2007)

Blog Posts

(2013) "Omar Khadr - The US and Canada's Treatment of a Child Soldier Turned Adult Prisoner", Regarding Rights, Centre for International Governance and Justice, online:

(2013) "African Women Resilience: Antidote for White Supremacy Complex in Development Delusions", Delusions of Development, online:

(2011) "The Deaths of Statesmen: The Case of Gaddafi and Doe", Rights of Women in War, online:

(2011) "Introduction of the Journal of Internal Displacement", TerraONuillus, online:

Recent Activity

"Complex Legal Research Method for Indigenous Research", African Law and Society Conference, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 9-11 December 2016."Complex System Methodology for Gender Justice Research in Liberia and Australia", Law and Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States, 2-5 June 2016.

(Keynote Speaker) "Gender Violence and the Rule of Law in Indigenous Liberia", Inauguration of the William V S Tubman University Center for Gender and Development,
Maryland, Liberia, 10 March 2016.

"A Comparative Conversation on Colonialism and Race in Canada, Australia, the United States, and Liberia", STAND Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 22 January 2016.

"Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Australia and Post-War Liberia: Assessing the Rule of Law as a Remedy for Injustice and Inequality", Law and Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, United States, 28-31 May 2015.

"The Rule of Law or the Rule of Man: Gender Violence in Australia and Post-war Liberia", Global Mondays, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, United States, 2 March 2015.

"Gender Violence and the Rule of Law in Indigenous Liberia: Positioning Within the Journey to Identity, Roots and Self-Awareness", 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 25-28 November 2014.