Reem Zaia


Reem Zaia
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Reem Zaia is an associate lawyer practicing in the Advocacy Department at Gowling WLG. She is a litigator in the medical defence group. She also practices in areas such as privacy, quasi-criminal and government relations. Reem’s litigation experience spans constitutional, criminal, regulatory and administrative law. 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. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Reem practiced criminal and regulatory law at Henein Hutchison LLP in Toronto.

Reem is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received her LL.M. as the Nathan Strauss Q.C. Fellow in Constitutional Law. Her LL.M. thesis focused on Canada’s domestic information-sharing regime in the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Kent Roach. Reem’s scholarship focused on national security, criminal and constitutional law, as well as terrorism prosecutions. While completing her Master’s degree, she practiced constitutional and administrative law at the appellate level.

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.

Reem maintains an active academic and advisory practice in national security/criminal law. In 2017, she was invited to a conference hosted by the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law in Valetta, Malta to present on the nexus between crime and homegrown terrorism in Canada. She has also published and co-published articles on national security/criminal law issues including but not limited to the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Criminal Law Quarterly and the Canadian Criminal Law Review. 

Before entering the legal profession, Reem was a Parliamentary Assistant to two Members of Parliament, including the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

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