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Islamophobia and the Law

  • 8 Jun 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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This program contains 2 hours of EDI Professionalism content.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Online via Zoom
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Speakers: Ali Chahbar and Nusaiba Al-Azem 

Chair: Rasha El-Tawil of Siskinds LLP

As we approach the one year anniversary of the devastating loss of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, please join panelists Ali Chahbar and Nusaiba Al-Azem as they discuss "Islamophobia and the Law". Their presentation will include the following important topics so that we can learn more, understand more, and take action:

  • General information about Islamophobia
  • Occurrences of Islamophobia in Canada
  • Caselaw Review and Update on Relevant Cases
  • Legislative Amendments and Reform
  • And more!

Our Speakers:

Ali is the General Legal Counsel and Executive Officer with the Thames Valley District School Board.

He graduated with a BA (Honors) degree in Political Science from Western University in 2004 before earning his law degree from the University of Windsor in 2007.  

Before joining the Thames Valley District School Board as their legal counsel in early in 2018, Ali spent the better part of the past decade working as a litigation lawyer in private practice in London, regularly appearing as lead counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court of Canada and Ontario Court of Appeal on multiple occasions.

Outside of his professional obligations, Ali sits on a number of not-for-profit boards in the London region. He was appointed by the Ontario Solicitor General as a member of the London Police Services Board in 2021 and was elected as the board’s Vice-Chair in 2022. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of London since 2008 and was selected as president in 2015 for a two-year term. He has also served on the Board of Directors of other local charitable organizations such as the Elgin Middlesex London Crime Stoppers and Kids Kicking Cancer Board of Directors.

Nusaiba is a staff lawyer at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).

She holds a BSW from King’s University College at Western University. During her time in social work, she gained experience in both individual counselling and community development work.

Nusaiba received her Juris Doctor in 2018 from Western Law, where she was the recipient of the Margaret H. McNulty Prize awarded to a student who shows great promise. She holds a Certificate of Mediation from the Dispute Resolution Centre. She graduated with distinction and was honoured to receive the Law Society of Upper Canada Prize for academic achievement. Following her call to the bar, Nusaiba practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer before transitioning into human rights based and advocacy work at the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

As a staff lawyer at NCCM, Nusaiba is responsible for helping community members seeking legal assistance in matters related to Islamophobia, hate and discrimination and for developing legal and policy solutions for a more just and inclusive Canada. She played a role in the drafting of the Our London Family Act and has appeared in various media outlets and federal consultations speaking about issues pertaining to Muslim communities. 

Outside of work, Nusaiba is a former director of Museum London, and presently sits as the Vice Chair of the London Muslim Mosque. 

If you have any questions about this program, please email Jennifer Foster, Executive Director of the Middlesex Law Association at

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