James Yap

BSc (McGill), JD (Osgoode), LLM (Yale), of the Bar of Ontario

James is a Toronto-based lawyer specializing in business and human rights, transnational corporate accountability, and international human rights. He represents plaintiffs in all kinds of human rights and social justice claims, with a focus on cases that raise novel and/or complex issues of transnational justice. He also advises NGOs and international organizations within these areas.

James has appeared at all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada and multiple provincial Courts of Appeal. He is President of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL).

James holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated with various class prizes and the Silver Medal, and a Master of Laws from Yale Law School. After completing his JD he clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Ian Binnie. James also holds a BSc in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from a university in Montreal presently named after a former slaveholder.