Executive Director & Lawyer
Human Rights Clinic - HRC
Legal Administrative Assistant:
Aleem Bharmal is the Executive Director and a human rights lawyer at CLAS. He has practiced law at CLAS since 2002 and been its Executive Director since 2007. Prior to that, he was an associate lawyer practicing employment law with a large law 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 Allard School of Law at 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 the Human Rights and Social Justice Sections, on the Executive of the Administrative Law Section, a member of both the Government Relations Committee and the Truth & Reconciliation Working Group, and a volunteer mentor at Allard School of Law.
In late 2015, Aleem and his co-counsel, Ms. Clea Parfitt, won a 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. In June 2016, he was awarded the CBABC President's Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to the legal profession. In May 2017, he was elected to CBABC Provincial Council.
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.