Paul Champ is a litigation lawyer with a focus on human rights, employment, labour, and public interest law. Paul has acted as counsel in several important constitutional law cases dealing with fundamental human rights, and has developed a practice in national security law.
In addition to representing trade unions in a wide range of labour relations issues, Paul has acted for individuals in complex employment law matters, including cross-border employment, bankruptcy, and independent contractor relationships. Paul has particular experience representing federal government employees. Among Paul’s areas of expertise are issues involving disability and employment. Paul represents disabled employees seeking accommodation in the workplace and also helps individuals receive income support from disability insurance, workers’ compensation and CPP.
Protection of civil liberties and fundamental human rights are important to Paul as a citizen and a lawyer. Paul regularly acts as counsel to organizations such as Amnesty International and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and his firm is a partner with the International Justice Network. Paul has defended the human rights of prisoners in the custody of the Canadian military in Afghanistan, represented Canadians detained and tortured abroad, and appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada v. Khadr. Paul has also worked on important human rights cases for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. In 2010, Paul was honoured to receive the Reg Robson Award for civil liberties and human rights.
In representing his clients, Paul has appeared before all levels of the Federal and Ontario Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous boards and tribunals, including the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the RCMP Adjudication Board, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
Paul writes and speaks on disability issues, labour relations, and international human rights and humanitarian law. He is frequently invited to make presentations to conferences, organizations and trade unions, including training workshops. He has also taught the laws of war at Carleton University.
Paul studied law at the University of British Columbia (LLB) and McGill University, and holds a journalism degree from Carleton University (B.J.). He started his legal career with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice, and later worked with a prominent union-side labour firm in Ottawa as an associate and partner for eight years.