Veromi Arsiradam graduated with a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2021.
Prior to this, she entered the University of Saskatchewan on a Chancellor’s Scholarship, granted to the top fifteen incoming undergraduate students, and completed a study term abroad in Havana, Cuba. She obtained a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at Dalhousie University, where she was awarded the University Medal for placing first in the program.
Veromi then earned a direct-entry PhD from Western University, specializing in ethics, and social and political philosophy. Her dissertation engaged critical race and feminist theories in the context of domestic and international adoptions. She received numerous scholarships and awards, including a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship and Doctoral Excellence Research Award. Veromi was actively involved with Adopt4Life: Ontario’s adoptive parents’ association and served as a consultant on a federal policy proposal for equitable EI benefits for adoptive parents. She held research assistantships in the departments of Law, Women’s Studies, and Philosophy; and has guest-lectured in the departments of Medicine, Women’s Studies, and Philosophy.
At Osgoode, Veromi continued to pursue her passion for social justice. She completed a clinical placement and worked at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, where she assisted clients at all stages of the tribunal process and represented them at mediations. For her paper on law, religion, and equality, Veromi was awarded Osgoode’s Bora Laskin Prize in 2020. Throughout law school, she led research and policy projects with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance. Through Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), she drafted wills for low-income individuals and families. In 2021, Veromi received a PBSC Chief Justice Richard Wagner Award for her work with Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers’ Support Network, in association with HIV Legal Network. Veromi served as an Associate Editor for the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and she recently worked on a legal team with Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights.
Veromi grew up in Durban, South Africa, on the lands of indigenous San and Khoekhoe peoples, and then in Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 Territory of Cree, Dené, Dakota, and Métis Nations. She is now working and learning on lands governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant in Aterón:to. She is committed to international solidarity with indigenous and colonized peoples around the world.
Veromi worked at Cavalluzzo as a summer student and is currently an articling student at the firm.