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Bio for A. Nadine Edirmanasinghe

Edirmana Law was founded by A. Nadine Edirmanasinghe, who has long been a passionate advocate for human rights and immigration and refugee issues.

She completed a joint degree offered through the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), securing both her LLB and MA degrees. While pursuing her studies, Nadine worked at the South Ottawa Community Legal Aid Clinic, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and volunteered with such organizations as the Refugee Forum, the Parliamentary Centre, and the National Anti-Poverty Association.

After completing her articles of clerkship at a large immigration law firm in Toronto, Nadine served as a Legal Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada. She subsequently acted as a UNHCR Consultant.

When she is not working on a case, Nadine can often be found hiking the trails of Gatineau Park, working in her garden, or forging ahead on a camping or fishing trip.


•    Called to the Ontario Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2010

•    Baccalaureate of Laws (LL.B.), Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa, 2009

•    Master of Arts (M.A.), Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 2011

•    Honours Bachelor of Arts (H.B.A.), York University, 2002

Professional Associations:

•    Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

•    Canadian Bar Association (CBA)

•    Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL)

•    Refugee Lawyers Association (RLA)

Publications and Media:

•    Nadine Edirmanasinghe, Litigating Refugees: An Empirical Examination of Trends in Canadian Federal Court Jurisprudence Prior to Refugee Reform, and Legal Analysis of Common Issues Against International Norms, UNHCR, November 2013.

•    Nadine Edirmanasinghe, Unlocking the Potential of Canada’s Refugees, Embassy News: Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly, 26 September 2012, Issue 422.

•    Nadine Edirmanasinghe, Proceedings of a Roundtable on Statelessness: Statelessness in the World and in the Canadian Context, UNHCR, July 2012.

•    Nadine Edirmanasinghe, When supporting actors take centre stage: towards a better framework for understanding the role of non-state actors during norm emergence: a critical examination of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, Carleton University, 2011.