Filling the Gaps: A workshop on refugee law (Nov. 8)

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You are invited to a half-day Refugee Law Workshop at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

The first part of the workshop, led by Julie Chamagne of the Halifax Refugee Clinic, will be an examination of case studies and a discussion of the significant access to justice gaps faced by refugees in Nova Scotia. Elizabeth Wozniak and Laura Hambleton will then provide some practical tools that will be useful in assisting refugees with a range of legal issues.

November 8, 2016, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Classroom
Cogswell Tower, 800–2000 Barrington Street, Halifax

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Please RSVP to Jessica Habet at by October 26, 2016.

This workshop is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Refugee Clinic, Atlantic Refugee and Immigrant Services and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program – Halifax section.

We have identified a number of gaps in the provision of legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. The purpose of this workshop is to begin to fill these gaps by increasing and developing expertise in refugee law and by building a roster of trained lawyers who can offer pro bono or low bono services in these areas. We hope your attendance at this workshop will allow you to engage in this work more broadly by becoming aware of the scope of need and the range of opportunities available.


  • Julie Chamagne is the Executive Director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic – a pro bono clinic that offers legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. Julie will open the workshop with a discussion of the current gaps in legal services for immigrants and refugees. 
  • Laura Hambleton is the Atlantic Trainer with the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program.
  • Elizabeth Wozniak is a lawyer with North Star Immigration Law in Halifax.