Jacqueline Swaisland, B.A., LL.B., LL.M.

Jacqueline Swaisland has been an Associate at Waldman and Associates in Toronto since August 2009. In 2008 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate work at Harvard University where she received an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law. Prior to her graduate work, Jacqueline clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada and worked at the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ontario Attorney General's Office.

Jacqueline has acted as counsel in cases at all levels of Court, including six times as co-counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, Jacqueline has represented clients before all of the Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board in various matters including refugee hearings, sponsorship appeals, removal order appeals, and alternative dispute resolution conferences. Her practice also involves helping clients to put together family sponsorship applications, humanitarian and compassionate applications, pre-removal risk assessments, citizenship applications and a variety of economic immigration applications and work permits.

Jacqueline is a part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa where she teaches a course on Immigration and Refugee Law. She has presented at several conferences on international and refugee law topics, including as an invited speaker at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual immigration conference. Jacqueline has also acted as a guest lecturer at Queen’s Faculty of Law and has provided research assistance for international legal initiatives including for the set-up of a government-funded Iraqi truth commission.

Jacqueline is the co-author of two books: “Inadmissible to Canada: the Legal Barriers to Canadian Immigration” and "Canada's Refugee Determination Process: A Guide to the Post Bill C-31 Era" published by Lexis Nexis in the fall of 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Refugee Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  • Member, Refugee Law Panel, Legal Aid Ontario

Notable Cases Jacqueline Has Been Involved With:

  • Ezokola v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 SCC 40
  • Agraira v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2013 SCC 36
  • A.M.R.I. v. K.E.R., 2011 ONCA 417
  • Canada (Prime Minister) v. Khadr, 2010 SCC 3
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