About Ms. Gerami
Arghavan Gerami is the Founder and Managing Director at Gerami Law Professional Corporation (‘PC’), a bilingual immigration law firm in Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Ms. Gerami also completed a Master of Arts at the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts at York University, graduating first in her class.
Since Founding Gerami Law PC, in 2011 Ms. Gerami has focused her practice on immigration, refugee and citizenship litigation. She has successfully argued numerous refugee cases and immigration appeals, as well as judicial reviews and stay of removal motions before the Federal Court. In November 2016, Ms. Gerami successfully represented one of the Lead Applicants on the constitutional challenge of the amendments to the Citizenship Act relating to the revocation of Canadian citizenship.
Before founding Gerami Law, Ms. Gerami spent several years working in the public sector at the Ministry of Attorney General and the Department of Justice. She also had the privilege of serving the Honourable Mr. Justice M. Evans at the Federal Court of Appeal on immigration, refugee, and administrative law appeals.
Ms. Gerami contributes to and supports the work of various organizations including, the Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Bar Association, the Refugee Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association. She has also been interviewed by national and local television stations such as the CBC and Global News, and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Ms. Gerami has published numerous journal articles and has participated in many speaking engagements across Canada.
As a Supervising Principal to numerous articling students, Ms. Gerami enjoys facilitating the career development of law students and young lawyers. She also enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, as well as reading, travelling, swimming and practicing yoga.
- Master of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2009).
- Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2004).
- Master of Arts, International Relations, University of Toronto (2000).
- Honours B.A., Political Science, York University, Summa cum laude (1998).
RECENT SUCCESSFUL CASES
- Ahmed v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2015 FC 792
- Ali v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2015 FC 1012
- Abdalghader v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2015 FC 581
- Collins v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 FCA 105 (CanLII)
- R. v. Greenwood, 2014 NSCA 80 (CanLII)
- Etienne v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2014 FC 937
- Etienne v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) 2015 FC 415
- Hassouna v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2017 FC 473
- Arghavan Gerami, “Challenging Prolonged and Indefinite Immigration Detention: Necessary Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act”, Journal of parliamentary and political law, 10:1, pp. 206-221.
- Arghavan Gerami and Veronika Andreeva, "The democratic and constitutional challenges of the Citizenship Bill (Bill C-24 of 2014): The effect of impulsive legislative action on the parliamentary process." Journal of parliamentary and political law, 9:153-67, March 2015
- Arghavan Gerami and Corri Longridge, “Bill C-26: The Long Overdue Harmonization of Canada’s Self-Defence Law,” Ontario Bar Association, May 22, 2014
- Arghavan Gerami, “R v. Jeanvenne: ‘Mr. Big’: False Confession Jury Charge Comes to Ontario,” 2014, 60 C.L.Q. no. 4., pp. 541-554.
- Arghavan Gerami, “The Judiciary, the Rule of Law and Citizenry’s Legitimate Expectation in a Constitutional Democracy: the Shortcomings of Bill C-65,” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, Vol. VIII: 1.
- Arghavan Gerami and Nicolas Ranger, “Pham, Immigration Consequences and Fairness in Sentencing,” The Last Line, the Magazine of Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. Vol. 2, No. 1, Oct. 2013.
- Arghavan Gerami and Harkamal Multani, “DESWAUV: Why the SCC’s Flexible, Pragmatic and Purposive Approached Promotes Access to Justice” Advocates’ Society Journal, December 2012, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 38-40.
- Hon. Irwin Cotler, Kent Roach, Heather McIvor, Ron Skolrood and Arghavan Gerami, “The Decisive Moment of (In)Decision: Insite and Ministerial Discretion” 6 Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, No. 1, March 2012, pp. 225-260.
- "Lawyers Share Their Experience on Career Move: Transitioning from Government Lawyering to Private Practice and Vice Versa", Ontario Bar Association, Public Sector Lawyers' Section, September 2011.
- "Clustering of Administrative Tribunals in Ontario" Ontario Bar Association, June 2011.
- “Adequacy of Reasons in a State of Flux”, Ontario Bar Association, June 2011.
- “Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia (Ministry of Transportation and Highways): Has the Doctrine of Fundamental Breach Really Been Put to Rest?” OBA Public Sector Lawyers Newsletter, July 2010.
- "Bridging the Theory-and-Practice Gap: Mediator Power in Practice." Conflict Resolution Quarterly, July 2009, 26 (no. 4) 433-451.
- "Technology and the Future of Legal Services Delivery", OBA Public Sector Lawyers Newsletter, December 2009.
- “OBA Response to the LSUC Licensing and Accreditation Task Force Consultation Report”, OBA Working Group, Ontario Bar Association, Submitted on June 3, 2008.
- "Too Much Deference to the Legislature by the Supreme Court: Did the Court Strike the Right Balance in N.A.P.E.?" OBA Public Sector Lawyers Newsletter, December 2008.
- "Report from the 7th Annual Charter Conference held on Friday, September 26, 2008." Co-authored with Kathryn Culek and Tiffany Lau, OBA Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Newsletter, November 2008.
- "Administrative Monetary Penalties and Criminal Offences: The Challenge of Maintaining Clear Boundaries." OBA Sections In Review, July 2008, 2 (No.3).
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the Law Society of Upper Canada, “Ethical Issues in Immigration and Refugee Law: Incivility and Unprofessional Behaviour at the Tribunal Level,” March 02, 2017.
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Strategy: Beyond Detention: 2014-2019, “Challenging Prolonged and Indefinite Immigration Detention: Necessary Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act”, December 9, 2016.
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the immigrant Women Services of Ottawa, “Family Sponsorships and Humanitarian and Compassionate Permanent Residency Applications”, July 12, 2016.
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the Canadian Immigration Summit, 2016 in Ottawa, “Revocation of Canadian Citizenship: Ensuring Respect for Procedural Fairness and Charter Rights” April 5, 2016.
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Positive Contributions of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyers”, March 21, 2016.
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the 2015 Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers 9th National Conference, October 16, 2015: "Top 5 Federal Court (2015) Detention Review Cases"
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the 2015 CBA National Immigration Law Conference in Ottawa, May 9, 2015: "Reconciliation of Administrative and Constitutional Law Principles: Reaffirming the Essential Link Between Deference and Expertise in the Immigration Law Context"
- Ms. Gerami speaks about access to justice for refugees at the Canadian Lawyers Abroad Conference at the University of Ottawa
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ Conference on the Constitutionality of the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment Bar
- Ms. Gerami speaks at CBA Immigration Conference in Calgary "As soon as possible in s. 48(2) of IRPA: not 'possible' to enforce removals in breach of the Charter and the rule of law".
- Ms. Gerami speaks to University of Ottawa law students at their Career Connections event held at the Ottawa Convention Centre on how to successfully build their social justice career.
- Ms. Gerami speaks at the Commons Institute: Review of Administrative Decisions Involving Charter Rights: The Shortcomings of the SCC Decision in Doré .
- “How to Start and Build a Successful Law Practice”, Federal Court of Appeal, November 30, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario
- "Mr. Big False Confession Jury Charge Comes to Ontario", Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa Annual Conference, October 21, 2012, Montebello, Quebec (full document click here)
Gerami Law Professional Corporation, Managing Director and Barrister at Law
Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2011 - Present
- Founded Gerami Law Professional Corporation in 2011
- Appearing before all levels of court, including the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice;
- Successful representation of numerous judicial reviews before the Federal Court; refugee claims before the Refugee Protection Division; detention reviews before the Immigration Division; immigration appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division and refugee appeals before the Refugee Appeal Division;
- Expertise in admissibility matters, port of entry issues, removals, pre-removal risk assessments, passport related matters, humanitarian and compassionate grounds permanent residency applications, vacation and cessation litigation;
- Preparation of temporary, permanent resident and citizenship applications, as well as the full spectrum of business immigration applications and visas.
Federal Court of Appeal
Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2010 - 2011
- Worked with Honourable Justice John M. Evans on appeals in the following practice areas: immigration and refugee, human rights, constitutional, and administrative law.
Department of Justice Canada, Legal Counsel
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Legal Services Unit, Ottawa, Ontario, Jan. - Aug. 2010
- Legal Counsel in the following practice areas: constitutional law, international security and human rights law.
Department of Justice Canada, Legal Counsel
Public Law Sector, Ottawa, Ontario, Mar. - Dec. 2009
- Legal Counsel in the following practice areas: human rights law, constitutional litigation, access to information and privacy law.
Ontario Ministry of Attorney General, Student-at-Law
Constitutional Law Branch/Policy Division, Toronto, Ontario, 2006 - 2007
- Student-at-Law in the following practice areas: Constitutional and human rights litigation, administrative and aboriginal law.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Legal Advisor
Federal Labour Standards Review Commission, Ottawa/Toronto, Ontario, 2005 – 2006
- Legal Advisor to Commissioner Harry Arthurs;
- Worked on the preparation of the Commissioner’s Final Report: “Fairness at Work: Federal Labour Standards for the 21st Century”;
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Legal Researcher
North York, Ontario, 2002 - 2003
- Legal Researcher to Professor Harry Arthurs Associate Dean Craig Scott in the area of Canadian labour law, constitutional and international human rights law.
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Project Coordinator
Young Professionals Programme, Nairobi, Kenya; Ottawa, Ontario, 2000 - 2001
- Project Coordinator to ‘Project Ploughshares’ working out of Canada and Nairobi
- Took part in the process leading up to the 2001 United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Council for Refugees
- Canadian Refugee Lawyers Association
- County of Carleton Law Association
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada
- Ontario Bar Association
- Refugee Lawyers Association
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- French: Intermediate oral, written and comprehension
- Farsi: Advanced oral, written and comprehension