Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Louise Arbour

Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada

Born in Montreal, Quebec.

Fourth woman appointed to the position of Justice on the Supreme Court in Canada from 1999-2004.

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Former justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Serves as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group since 2009.

Has published in the area of criminal procedure and criminal law, in both French and English. Has served as an editor for the Criminal Reports, the Canadian Rights Reporter, and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

Best known as a chief prosecutor for tribunals into the genocide in Rwanda and human rights abuses in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Partial List of Awards:
  • Has been awarded honorary doctorates by twenty-seven universities.
  • Was honoured with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award in 2000.
  • Was awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights in 2005.
  • Was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2008.
  • Became Grande Officière de l’Ordre national du Québec in 2009.
  • Received the Colombian Order of National Merit, Grand Cross class and was named Commander of the French Legion of Honour in 2010.  
  • Was named alongside former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva as the winner of the 2010 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.


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