Naomi Minwalla is a lawyer representing refugees, displaced, stateless, trafficked and other persons in need of protection in Canada and in overseas refugee camps. She has extensive experience representing vulnerable refugees including survivors of torture, mentally disabled people, abused women and unaccompanied minors. Her internationally high profile refugee cases include Amir Kazemian (Iran), Dr. Constancio Claver (Philippines) and Raúl Gatica Bautista (Mexico).

Naomi has delivered numerous presentations on access to justice, international refugee law, human trafficking, social justice and related topics to community, legal, governmental, NGO and university audiences.

As Chairperson of the Canadian Bar Association Refugee Lawyers Group in

Vancouver for three terms, Naomi led the Group through critical periods including a legal aid crisis and new refugee legislation. She was on the Editorial Board for Refugee Update and has provided extensive pro bono advice to NGOs. Naomi was founding Co-Chair of the Anti-Trafficking Coalition of Vancouver and has been a vocal advocate and NGO media spokesperson for the protection of trafficked women in Canada.

Before becoming a lawyer Naomi volunteered in Afghan and African refugee camps. As an undergraduate student she founded the York University-World University Service of Canada student refugee sponsorship programme which continues to-date.

Naomi is currently studying international human rights law at the University of Oxford, England.


Bachelor of Common Law (LL.B.) - Distinction
McGill University, 1998

Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) - Distinction
McGill University, 1998

Master's Degree in Social Anthropology (M.Phil.) - Commonwealth Scholarship
University of Oxford, 1994

Honours Bachelor of Economics & Political Science (B.A. Honours) - Summa cum laude
York University, 1991

Law Articling

British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General, 1998 - 99

Call to the Bar

Law Society of British Columbia, 1999

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