Paula Ethans

Lawyer, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman Law

Feminism, intersectionality, human rights, international human rights, gender equality, migration policy, refugee law, women's rights, social policy


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Paula Ethans is an associate lawyer with TDS in Winnipeg. She practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, public, human rights, and administrative law. She was a legal fellow with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), in their migration section, and has previously worked with the national human rights law firm Champ & Associates; UNHCR Malaysia; Amnesty International; and ORAM-Organization from Refuge, Asylum & Migration. Ethans is the past co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Refugee Lawyers (CARL) UOttawa, the Founder and past Chair of the UOttawa Feminist Collective, and the past External Media Representative for #LawNeedsFeminismBecause. She is a freelance writer, and has been published in multiple publications, including The Tyee, kaur. space, ricochet, Ottawa Citizen, and Human Parts.


  • Feminism
  • Intersectionality
  • International Human Rights
  • Gender Equality
  • Immigration/Refugee Law
  • Women's Rights
  • Social Policy