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Lilia Benaïssa Lawyer

Me. Lilia Benaïssa works primarily in the areas of administrative law and litigation (federal and provincial), with a particular focus on citizenship and immigration law. She also practises in the areas of human rights, private international law and civil law.

Before joining Dunton Rainville, Me. Benaïssa worked for several years in the legal department of a multinational real estate firm where she acquired in-depth knowledge of real estate and commercial law.

Me. Benaïssa has extensive experience in international law and humanitarian law, notably through her academic training, her professional experience with several international organizations and her active participation in conferences, training and delegations in Canada and around the world.

Me. Benaïssa is passionate about legal research and has contributed to the development of law through her contributions as a research assistant and through the writing of several university theses.

Through her academic research and writing, Me. Benaïssa has acquired significant expertise in indigenous peoples’ law, child protection law, public international law, immigration law and private international law.

Areas of expertise

  • Access to information
  • Citizenship and immigration law
  • Administrative law
  • Human rights and freedoms
  • Litigation involving a public administration
  • Real estate law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Civil litigation
  • Private international law

Admission to the Bar

  • 2019


  • Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • Bachelor’s degree, B.S. c. Soc., major in conflicts and human rights (major promotion) and minor in Civil Law, University of Ottawa
  • Training in cultural diplomacy and conflict zone mediation (Berlin Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
  • Training on transitional justice and building peace, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (NYC)
  • Training on the prevention of genocide and crimes against humanity (Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies)
  • Training in international humanitarian law (Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross)
  • International Baccalaureate in History of Asia and Oceania (Collège Jean de Brébeuf)

Professional Activities and Associations

  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors (Secretary), Centre Évasion

Awards and Recognition

  • Recipient of the Conflict Studies and Human Rights Program Plaque, 2014
  • Recipient of the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club Scholarship, 2014
  • Recipient of the University of Ottawa Merit Scholarship, 2014
  • Recipient of the Desjardins Foundation’s “Social Responsibility and Cooperation” Scholarship, 2013
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Honour Roll Scholarship in the Faculty of Social Sciences (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Recipient of the Delegation of Young Canadian Leaders Scholarship in Taiwan, 2012
  • Recipient of the University of Ottawa Office of Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 2014