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Dr. Alexandra Dufresne

Dr. Alexandra Dufresne

Dr. Alexandra Dufresne

ZHAW School of Management and Law
Department Business Law

+41 (0) 77 946 23 00

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Director, International NGO Law and Policy Project (INLPP); Lecturer in Anglo-American Law, Department of Business Law

Expertise and research interests

U.S. public and private law, child law and policy, immigration and refugee law and policy, international NGO and public interest advocacy, U.S.-based litigation, legislative advocacy in the U.S.

Educational background

J.D., University of Chicago Law School (1999)
B.A., Yale University (1996)

Professional milestones

Advisory Committee, Verein Legal Help, since 2021
Executive Committee Member, Global Detention Project, since 2021
Advisory Council Member, AsyLex, since 2020
Advisory Board Member, New Women Connectors, since 2020
Lecturer, Department of Business Law, ZHAW, since 2018
Trustee, Asylos, since 2018; Chair of the Board of Trustees, since February 2021
Lecturer, University of Zurich Faculty of Law, 2017-2018; Fall 2020
Lecturer, Yale University, Ethics, Politics and Economics; Political Science, 2006-2015
Counsel, Child Fatality Review Panel, State of Connecticut, 2013-2016
Staff Attorney, Center for Children's Advocacy, 2012-2016
Board Member, Integrated Refugees and Immigration Services (IRIS), 2011-2015
Senior Policy Fellow, Connecticut Voices for Children, 2007-2012
Dean, Morse College, Yale University, 2005-2007
Detention Attorney, CLINIC/Boston College Law School, 2003-2005
Litigation Associate, Hale and Dorr, LLP, 2002-2003
Law Clerk for the Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2001-2002
Litigation Association, Latham & Watkins, 1999-2001


Oral conference contributions and abstracts
Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Dufresne, Alexandra,Center for Children's Advocacy, 2015. Students First: Ensuring Excellence and Opportunity for Students in Connecticut's Juvenile Justice System, available at

Dufresne, Alexandra, 2014. Information Key to Saving At-Risk Infants, The Hartford Courant, available from

Dufresne, Alexandra, Hillman, Annemarie, Carson, Cari, Kramer, Tamara, Connecticut Voices for Children, 2010. Teaching Discipline: A Toolkit, available from

Ali,Taby, Dufresne, Alexandra, Connecticut Voices for Children, 2008. Missing Out: Suspending Students from Connecticut Schools, available from

Other contributions

Dufresne, Alexandra, "How Irish, Swiss and Dutch Tax Policy Harms Children Abroad,", November 20, 2021, available at:

Dufresne, Alexandra, "The Outlier: How a Comparative Law and Policy Approach Can Promote the Recognition of International Human Rights in Practice," Welcome Speaker, Model UN Conference, UZH, April 15, 2021

Dufresne, Alexandra, "Legal Representation and Systemic Advocacy for Asylum-Seekers and Immigration Detainees," AsyLex Annual Conference, February 14, 2021

Dufresne, Alexandra, ZHAW MSc International Conference, January 21, 2021. "A Constitution under Attack: Implications of the Storming of the U.S. Capitol."

Dufresne, Alexandra, University of Zurich Faculty of Law, Gender Studies, November 13, 2020. "#MeToo in the U.S.: An Exploration of the Legal Dilemmas Involved in Protecting Women and Girls from Sexual Harassment in U.S. Corporations, Schools, Nonprofits, Churches, and Government Institutions,"

Dufresne, Alexandra, Karl der Grosse, Fachverein Politikwissenschaft, "Election Night: 2020: Umstrittenes Wahlergebnis: Was nun? What happens if Mr. Trump does not concede?" November 3, 2020,

Dufresne, Alexandra, "Dear Young Swiss Women: How to Fight Gender Discrimination at Work," September 27, 2020, available at

Dufresne, Alexandra, University of Zurich Faculty of Law, Institute for International Law and Comparative Constitutional Law, November 21, 2019, "Treason, bribery,or other high crimes and misdemeanors": Should President Trump be removed from office on impeachment?"

Christen, Lisa, Dufresne, Alexandra, 2018 "Level Up Your Leadership: Do the Hardest Thing" (podcast interview),