In our Season 7 premiere, we’re learning about the high-profile and politically-charged world of refugee law with Naseem Mithoowani.
Topics: the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement; the intersection of refugee and family law; Canada’s Express Entry program and our Ask-Me-Anything segment.
Full Episode (58:44) Download
⚫ What does the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement indicate regarding section 7 rights and political relations? (4:11)
⚫ How do courts deal with the intersection of refugee law and family law matters? (17:04)
⚫ Why did Canada admit 6X the ‘regular amount’ of Express Entry applicants in February 2021? (28:50)
⚫ Our new Ask-Me-Anything segment, featuring five questions submitted by patrons of the Lawyered community
🔵 How can lawyers develop the necessary level of cultural sensitivity to assist their clients? (40:18)
🔵 What is the difference between an immigration lawyer and an immigration consultant? (43:46)
🔵 How does politics impact the work of a refugee/immigration lawyer? (45:32)
🔵 What has been your most rewarding case to date? (49:40)
🔵 What prompted your decision to go into this niche area of practice? (53:23)
1. The Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (15:02) Download
– Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Canadian Council for Refugees, 2021 FCA 72
– Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), 2020 FC 770
3. Express Entry: An Unprecedented Admission Cycle (13:04) Download
– Immigrate Through Express Entry (Government of Canada)
4. Ask-Me-Anything: Refugee Lawyer (19:08) Download
🔵 How can lawyers develop the necessary level of cultural sensitivity to assist their clients?
🔵 What is the difference between an immigration lawyer and an immigration consultant?
🔵 How does politics impact the work of a refugee/immigration lawyer?
🔵 What has been your most rewarding case to date?
🔵 What prompted your decision to go into this niche area of practice?
About the Guest:
Naseem Mithoowani is a principal lawyer at Mithoowani Waldman Immigration Law Group in Toronto
Since 2010, Naseem has practiced exclusively in the areas of immigration and refugee law at a prominent and internationally known law firm. Naseem has appeared before all levels of the Immigration Division and Refugee Protection Division and regularly argues judicial review applications before the Federal Court. She practices in the areas of business immigration, personal immigration and administrative law.
Outside of her legal practice, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and is regularly called upon to speak about issues that affect racialized communities in Canada. Naseem is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches immigration and refugee law.
In April 2021 (following the recording of this episode), Naseem was recently appointed as a part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which is a role that she will manage in addition to her current legal practice.