Louise Arbour CC GOQ
The Honourable Louise Arbour is currently a jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais providing strategic advice to lawyers of the Litigation Group, in particular on issues pertaining to international disputes. Her great legal mind, the wealth of her judicial experience and her in-depth knowledge of major international issues has made her one of the most influencial legal minds in both Canada and abroad.
She sat as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, on the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Ontario. She has held senior positions at the United Nations, including that of High Commissioner for Human Rights, and is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She chaired an inquiry commission that investigated certain events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, and has also served as a member of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security.
Justice Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. In particular, she has been a Companion of the Order of Canada since 2007 and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec since 2009, as well as a Commander of the Légion d'honneur, and has been decorated by both Spain and Colombia.
Recognized in the 2014 edition of the "Top 25 Most Influencial in the justice system and legal profession" of the Canadian Lawyer magazine (World Stage category).
Recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities across Canada and abroad.
Justice Arbour has received some forty medals and awards, notably the Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy, from the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2013; the Council of Europe's North-South Prize in 2010; the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 2008; honorary membership in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the Médaille de la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Montréal in 2003, the Médaille du Barreau in 2001 and the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Medal in 2000.