Hearing & Appeal Bencher Lawyer
Isfahan Merali is a 1995 graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was selected as a Human Rights Fellow at the Faculty of Law from 1999-2000. During her law studies she developed a particular focus on international human rights law. Isfahan practiced human rights and administrative law as Counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1995 to 2012. She was also the Commission’s Acting Registrar during a period of significant transition within the human rights system in Ontario. Isfahan was recently on secondment as Counsel and Deputy Registrar to the Ontario Judicial Council/Justices of the Peace Review Council, Office of the Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice. Since 2012, she has been Tribunal Counsel to the Consent and Capacity Board where she practices in the areas of administrative and mental health law. Isfahan has served as the Acting Director of the International Human Rights Programme at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and in 2009-2010 she was chosen to direct the University of Toronto’s tri-campus Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office. Isfahan has acted as a consultant and Board Director to diverse non-governmental organizations on international human rights law issues. She is the co-editor of Giving Meaning to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (published by University of Pennsylvania Press) and author of various journal articles and manuals on human rights and international law. She has presented in Canada and abroad on topics including human rights, international women’s rights and children’s rights. She is a Trustee of the Law Foundation of Ontario. Isfahan was elected as a Bencher (Toronto region) to the Law Society of Ontario and appointed as a Bencher Adjudicator to the Law Society Tribunal in 2015.