JonathanJonathan Porter is an associate at Landings LLP, where he practices in all areas of Canadian refugee and immigration law. He is a graduate of McGill’s Faculty of Law and has an LLM from the University of Essex where he earned the highest mark in his graduating class.  

Jonathan is a former refugee resettlement officer with UNHCR and the US Refugee Admissions Program. He has worked in Kenya, Chad, Rwanda and South Africa, identifying and assessing refugee populations for resettlement.  Jonathan has also been involved in refugee resettlement and sponsorship in Canada. He worked with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, providing training to sponsors and lawyers assisting refugees to resettle throughout Canada, with an emphasis on francophone refugee communities. 

Jonathan has considerable experience in addressing admissibility and detention issues.  He has acted as counsel on a variety of complex admissibility cases, has volunteered with Action Réfugiés Montréal supporting immigration detainees at the Laval Immigration Holding Centre, and he also recently published a book chapter on the detention of refugee claimants on identity grounds in Canada.

In addition to his focus on refugee law and policy, Jonathan has been involved for several years with issues of children’s rights through his prior work with UNICEF in Burundi, the Central African Republic and Mauritania.