Refugee and Human Rights Law

What I do

Advocacy and Litigation. Strategic Advice.

I am a Toronto-based lawyer, specializing in refugee and immigration law; administrative law; international human rights; and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I represent people seeking Canada’s refugee protection before the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the Federal Court. I work with clients seeking permanent residency, humanitarian and compassionate protection, and other immigration applications. I act for non-government organizations who want legal advice, or strategic litigation, in the area of international corporate accountability. And I challenge unjust laws through constitutional litigation.

I offer services in English, French and Spanish.

  • Refugee claims, and representation at the Refugee Protection Division
  • Refugee Appeals
  • Judicial Reviews in Federal Court
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate applications
  • Pre-Removal Risk Assessments
  • Charter of Rights and Freedoms litigation
  • Strategic advice


Erin Simpson - Refugee and Human Rights Law

Erin Simpson

Erin Simpson is a lawyer in private practice in Toronto. She attended the University of Toronto law school, where she graduated with honours and earned the class prize in Evidence. She went on to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Fish and Justice Karakatsanis. Erin is called to the Bar of Ontario, and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Erin sits on the National Executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), and is Co-Chair of CARL’s Advocacy Committee. She currently acts as counsel to Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Council of Churches in a legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA).

Prior to attending law school, Erin worked as the advocacy manager for the Nobel Women’s Initiative, focused on women’s rights in areas of violent conflict, and was also a Policy Officer for the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

Recent News & Events

Refugee lawyers applaud federal funding after Ford’s legal aid cuts; province questions timing

Erin Simpson Precedent Setter Awards 2019

Erin Simpson, a refugee lawyer, on “irregular” border crossings in the age of Trump

How Canada should react to Trump and refugee crisis

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The Law Offices of Erin Simpson
439 University Ave, Suite 1900
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1Y8

Phone: 416-363-1696, ext 103