Jamie Chai Yun Liew


Jamie Chai Yun Liew
Associate Professor

LL.B. (University of Ottawa)
M.A. (Carleton University)
LL.M. (Columbia University)
B.A. and B.Com. (University of Calgary)

Room: FTX 324
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7744
Office: 613-562-5124
Work E-mail: Jamie.Liew@uottawa.ca

Jamie Liew


Jamie Chai Yun Liew joined the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) in 2011. She is an expert in immigration, refugee and citizenship law, as well as administrative law and public law.

Jamie’s current research examines the meaning of citizenship, legal barriers for stateless persons to obtain citizenship/nationality, gendered implications of Canadian law on migrants, and how Canada’s immigration and refugee system marginalizes those navigating the process.

Jamie is the co-author (with Donald Galloway) of Immigration Law published by Irwin Law (http://www.irwinlaw.com/titles/immigration-law-2e).

Jamie holds degrees in law, international affairs (NPSIA), commerce, and political science. She was called to the Law Society of Ontario in 2006. After articling at a national full-service law firm in Toronto, Jamie clerked for Justice Douglas Campbell at the Federal Court, was a member of the Issa Sesay defence team at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and was Commission Counsel at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. In 2007, Jamie opened a feminist legal practice with a colleague and practiced in a variety of areas including administrative law. She continues to practice immigration and refugee law today as a sole practitioner.

Jamie has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener for the Canadian Counsel of Refugees in Kanthasamy v Canada, 2015 SCC 61 (https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/15665/index.do).

She has also appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Immigration and Refugee Board, among others. Jamie is a member of the litigation committee for the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and a board member of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness.

Jamie teaches or has taught immigration law, advanced refugee law, public law and legislation, administrative law, torts and a special seminar course titled, “Providing Legal and Medical Services to Refugees”.  

Jamie tweets about current affairs @thechaiyun.

List of Selected Publications

Jamie Chai Yun Liew, “Denying Refugee Protection to LGBTQ and Marginalized Persons: A Retrospective Look at State Protection in Canadian Refugee Law” (2017) 29:2 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 290.

Jamie Liew, Prasanna Balasundaram and Jennifer Stone, "Troubling Trends in Excluding Family Members Via Regulation 117(9)(d): A Survey of Jurisprudence and Lawyers" (2017) 26 Journal of Law and Social Policy 112.

Jamie Chai Yun Liew, “The Ultrahazardous Activity of Excluding Family Members in Canada’s Immigration System” (2016) 94:2 Canadian Bar Review 281-308.

Jamie Liew & Donald Galloway, Immigration Law, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015).

Jamie Liew,  “Migrants, Mental Health and Illness” in Law & Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada, Flood, C & J Chandler, eds. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2015).

Jamie Liew, “Finding Order in Calgary’s Cash Corner: Using Legal Pluralism to Craft Legal Remedies for Conflicts Involving Marginalized Persons in Public Spaces” (2015) 52(3) Alberta Law Review 605.

Jamie Liew, “Taking it Personally: Delimiting Gender-Based Claims using the Complementary Protection Provision in Canada’s Refugee Definition” (2014) 26(2) Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 300.

Jamie Liew, “Finding Common Ground: Charter Remedies and Challenges for Marginalized persons in Public Spaces” (2012) 1(1) Canadian Journal of Poverty Law 1.

Jamie Liew, “Beyond Country of Origin: Smith v Canada and Refugees from Unexpected Places” (2011) 23(1) Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 686.

Jamie Liew, “Creating Higher Burdens: The Presumption of State Protection in Democratic Countries” (2009) 26(2) Refuge 207.

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