Siena Anstis

Siena Anstis

Previously Visiting Researcher


Siena has joined RWI as guest scholar in Lund. Her specialization is in human rights and technology.

Siena is currently undertaking research on the impact of digital transnational repression on immigrant and refugee communities in Canada. The growth of digital technologies is facilitating the scope and scale of persecution and harassment by authoritarian states against dissidents and other individuals who have fled their country of origin. This project seeks to understand how individuals in Canada are impacted by these digital activities, what human rights violations arise, and what obligations are incumbent on host states.

Siena Anstis is a lawyer (admitted to practice in Ontario and New York) and researcher in the areas of international law, human rights, technology, and migration. She is a senior legal advisor with the Citizen Lab, a research institute based at the University of Toronto that conducts work at the intersection of human rights and digital technologies. Previously, she worked as a refugee lawyer in Canada, a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York City, and as a judicial clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She holds a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and anthropology from Concordia University.