Reem Zaia


Reem Zaia
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Reem Zaia is an associate lawyer practising in the Advocacy Department of Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. Her litigation experience includes professional liability, constitutional, criminal and administrative law matters. Reem also advises on privacy and government relations files and maintains an active academic and advisory practice in national security law.  

Reem has experience defending accused persons in the regulatory sphere and the criminal justice system. She has served as counsel and co-counsel at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Justice, as well as matters before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Reem obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa. During law school, she served as a law clerk to judges of the Ontario Court of Justice. She was also recognized as Canada's Best Overall Advocate in the Sopinka Cup Tournament by the Advocates' Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers. While completing her Master's degree, she practiced constitutional and administrative law at the appellate level. Reem is also a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received her LL.M. as the Nathan Strauss Q.C. Fellow in Constitutional Law and published a thesis on the information-sharing provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015.

Reem is a part-time professor of criminal law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She often lectures on criminal law and national security matters. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles on constitutional, criminal and national security law and continues to work on academic contributions in criminal and national security law. She also serves on the expert roster for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law on matters pertaining to terrorism.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Reem practiced criminal and regulatory law at Henein Hutchison LLP in Toronto. She also completed her articles at the Crown Attorney's Office in Windsor. Before joining the legal profession, Reem worked on Parliament Hill for two Members of Parliament, including the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

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