Shibil Siddiqi is a human rights lawyer, researcher and writer. He is a Fellow at the Centre for the Critical Study of Global Power and Politics at Trent University, and formerly held the Gordon Global Fellowship at the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation. Shibil has litigated before various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, as well as before the Small Claims, Superior and Divisional Courts. He worked on the landmark ‘Right to Housing Challenge’ at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He frequently delivers legal education sessions for legal professionals, members of the public, and community agencies, and he has been a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
Shibil has spent time in Afghanistan where he worked with the Afghan Parliament, and helped set up a legal aid clinic in Kabul. He has been consulted on Afghanistan and Pakistan by the Government of Canada and the Afghanistan Task Force. Shibil enjoys reading and writing about law, politics and international relations. He is a former columnist for the Express Tribune (the Pakistani affiliate of the New York Times), and he has written for several publications and research organizations, including The Herald, The Nation, Asia Times, Walkley Magazine, ZNet, the Institute for Policy Studies, Foreign Policy in Focus, the Transnational Institute, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Shibil holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Warwick (U.K.), and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree with an emphasis on International Human Rights Law from the University of Toronto. He is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Association of Human Rights lawyers, and Canadian lawyers for International Human Rights. Born and raised in Karachi, Shibil currently hangs his hat in Toronto.