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Leah West

Leah West

Lecturer on National Security and Intelligence, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University

Leah West practices, studies and publishes in the field of national security law. She is also currently an SJD candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where her research explores the application of criminal, constitutional and international law to state conduct in cyberspace. Leah regularly lectures and engages with the media on her areas of research interest, and she is one of two administrators responsible for the organization of the Canadian National Rounds of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot. She is also a founding editor of the Intrepid Blog (

Leah previously served as counsel with the Department of Justice in the National Security Litigation and Advisory Group where she appeared before the federal court in designated proceedings and the Security Intelligence Review Committee. Before being called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, Leah clerked for the Honourable Justice Mosley of the Federal Court of Canada. Prior to attending law school, Leah served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 10 years as an armoured officer; she deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.

Leah graduated at the top of her class from the Royal Military College, holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in intelligence studies and was the anti-terrorism fellow at the University of Ottawa where she completed her LLM in international humanitarian and security law. Along with Craig Forcese, Leah is the co-author of “National Security Law, 2nd edition,” forthcoming from Irwin Law in 2020.