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Human Rights Advocacy

Human Rights Advocacy
Yavar Hameed

Hameed Law is an Ottawa based law firm established in 2004 focusing on the advocacy of human rights in several areas including administrative law, general civil litigation, criminal law, prisoner’s rights and labour and employment law.

We recognize the gaps in the legal process and help clients navigate through the system to an end point that values both individual and social justice.  We focus on providing solutions to clients in ways that are relevant to their needs and responsive to the changing social landscape within which the law operates.

Human Rights Blog

Trauma-Informed Lawyering

May 07, 2021

Just as lawyers specialize in specific areas of law, those providing legal representation to survivors of trauma should be trained on how to recognize markers of trauma and how to engage with clients in a safe, empowering, and collaborative manner.
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Trauma-Informed Lawyering

How Much Is A Charter Violation Worth? (Video)

Apr 21, 2021

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects our fundamental rights. But what happens when these rights are violated? Through four intriguing stories, we discuss the principles and precedents for monetary damages under the Charter to discover how much a Charter violation is worth in the eyes of the courts.
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How Much Is A Charter Violation Worth? (Video)

Waksdale – Yet Another Avenue to Common Law Reasonable Notice

Apr 12, 2021

With the Supreme Court denying leave to appeal, a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal remains good law – and provides employees a further avenue to accessing the more favourable common law reasonable notice of termination.
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Waksdale – Yet Another Avenue to Common Law Reasonable Notice

Premiere Screening and Discussion of Film: Lawyers (F)or Justice?

Feb 28, 2021

A screening of the documentary film Lawyers (F)or Justice? by Yavar Hameed will be held Friday, March 12, 2021 between 11 and 12:15 pm, followed by a question-and-answer session. This session is accredited for 1 hour of Professionalism credits by the Law Society of Ontario.
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Premiere Screening and Discussion of Film: <em>Lawyers (F)or Justice?</em>

Getting Charter Compensation for Police Violence: Some Important Considerations

Jun 26, 2020

Holding the police to account for violating your Charter rights is an onerous process that is frustrated by systemic barriers that require a potential Plaintiff to be strategic in their approach. While it may appear that it is impossible to ever obtain justice through the civil process of redress, the existence of obstacles does not mean that civil litigation cannot be run effectively.
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Getting Charter Compensation for Police Violence: Some Important Considerations
Administrative law relates to decisions, orders, rules, or regulations created by governments or other public or quasi-public bodies.
Fundamental freedoms from state control include the right to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, security of the person, and mobility rights to enter and to move within Canada.
Civil litigation is a process whereby a party seeks legal redress for civil wrongs committed against them.
With the hardening of the police response to vibrant civil protest in the last decade, Canada has witnessed an unprecedented display of unlawful arrests, excessive use of force and civilian punishment for expression of democratically protected political expression.
Human rights law in Canada has since the 1970s been protected in various provinces through provincial human rights codes and at the federal level by virtue of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
When issues arise regarding your employment, they can often be complex and frustrating. We advise and represent both unionized and non-unionized clients in resolving such employment related conflicts effectively, cost-efficiently and with an understanding of individual needs and interests.
One of the most fundamental rights that exists in any society is the right of security of the person. In the context of institutional incarceration, prisoners are kept out of sight and out of mind – yet their fundamental rights have not been extinguished.
Located just minutes from the Supreme Court, Hameed Law offers Supreme Court agency services to legal organizations, law firms across Canada, and individuals for applications for leave to appeal, interventions, and preparing responding materials.

Fees

How much will it cost? How and when will I pay? We try to make justice accessible to everyone with transparent and affordable fees. Learn more about fees and retainer agreements.