Executive Director & Lawyer
Human Rights Clinic - HRC
Aleem's Legal Administrative Assistant:
Aleem Bharmal is the Executive Director and a human rights lawyer at CLAS, where he has practiced for almost fifteen years. Prior to that, he was an associate lawyer practicing employment law with a large firm in Toronto.
Aleem graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1991. He then obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1994. He was called to the Bars of both British Columbia and Ontario in 1995 and 1997, respectively.
Aleem has been a presenter on human rights, social justice and access to justice issues. He is currently Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) Access to Justice Committee, Co-Chair of both the Human Rights and Social Justice Sections, Vice-Chair of the Administrative Law Section, a member on the Advisory Committee to Judicial Council, and a volunteer mentor at the Allard School of Law, UBC. Aleem is also past Chair of the CBA Equality Committees at both the provincial and national levels as well as a past member of the Law Society of B.C., Equity and Diversity Committee.
In late 2015, Aleem and his co-counsel, Ms. Clea Parfitt, won a very lengthy, high-profile racial discrimination case involving Indo-Canadian veterinarians in B.C. In early 2016, he was involved with other non-profit groups and stakeholders in the launch of an Islamophobia Legal Hotline administered by Access Pro Bono BC. This past summer, he was awarded the CBABC President's Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to the legal profession.
Part of Aleem's passion for human rights law comes from his previous work abroad. As a new lawyer in the mid-nineties, he worked as a Human Rights Officer for the U.N. High Commission of Human Rights where he assisted in reporting on the administration of justice and ongoing human rights violations in Rwanda.