Fathima Cader


Serving in legal clinics both domestically and internationally has ensured a strong and purposeful foundation for Fathima Cader’s practice at McMahon Morrison Watts, where she focuses on representing unions, workers, and individuals in human rights, employment, and labour law cases.

Having joined the firm in 2017, Fathima regularly assists unions in organizing new units and in servicing existing ones. In the non-union context, she represents workers facing discrimination in their workplace and students facing discrimination in their universities and colleges.

Commitment to the public interest has brought Fathima before labour arbitrators, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.

Fathima teaches at the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, where she is additionally a Senior Fellow with the Faculty’s Transnational Law & Justice Network. She is also an incoming visiting faculty member at the City College of New York’s Beyond Identity program.

A Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law, Fathima was the recipient of the 2012 Alexander J Cohen Memorial Award in Law for critical inquiry of the law, the 2012 Marlee G. Kline Essay Award for feminist legal research and analysis, and the 2011 South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia Scholarship for community involvement and academic merit.

Fathima also holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toronto. A regular media commentator and writer, Fathima’s research and advocacy interests particularly focus on workers’ mobilizations, prison abolitionism, and national security. Her essays, creative non-fiction, and poetry have been published in The New Inquiry, Hazlitt, Apogee, The Funambulist, Warscapes, Canadian Woman Studies, and elsewhere. In 2017, she served as the creative non-fiction judge for Briarpatch Magazine’s annual “Writing in the Margins” competition.