Judges of the Court
The Honourable Madam Justice Louise Arbour
Madam Justice Arbour, B.A., LL.L. Born in Montréal, Quebec on February 10, 1947. Three children: Emilie, Patrick and Catherine Taman. Studied at the Collège Régina Assumpta in Montréal, B.A., 1967; and at the Faculté de droit of the Université de Montréal, LL.L., 1970 (with distinction); Hon. LL.D., York University, 1995; D.U., University of Ottawa, 1997; Hon. LL.D., Law Society of Upper Canada, 1999; Hon. LL.D., University of New Brunswick, 1999; Hon. LL.D., Laurentian University, 1999; Hon. LL.D., Université du Québec à Montréal, 1999. Hon. LL.D., Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2000; Hon. LL.D., University of Victoria, 2000; Hon. LL.D., Kingston Royal Military College, 2000; Hon. LL.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2000; Hon. LL.D., Université de Montréal, 2000; Hon. LL.D., McMaster University, 2000; Hon. LL.D., University of Western Ontario, 2000; Hon. LL.D., University of Toronto, 2000; Hon. LL.D., Glasgow University, 2000; Hon. LL.D., Queen's University, 2000; Hon. LL.D., Carleton University, 2000; Hon. DHumL, Mount Saint Vincent University, 2001; Hon. LL.D., University of King's College, 2001; Hon. LL.D., University of Moncton, 2001; Hon. LL.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2001; Hon. LL.D., Windsor University, 2001; Hon. LL.D., Concordia University, 2001; Hon. LL.D., University of British Columbia, 2001; Hon. LL.D., Lakehead University, 2002; Hon. LL.D., Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, 2003. Hon. LL.D., St. Francis Xavier University, 2003. Called to the Quebec Bar, 1971, Ontario Bar, 1977. Law Clerk for the Honourable Mr. Justice Louis-Philippe Pigeon, Supreme Court of Canada, 1971-72; Research Officer, Law Reform Commission of Canada, 1972-73; Assistant then Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1974-87; Associate Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1987. Appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario (High Court of Justice), 1987;. Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, 1990; Appointed as Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into certain events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, 1995. Appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations as Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, October 1996-September 1999. Lifetime member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, 1992; Médaille de l’Université de Montréal, 1995; Achievement Award of the Women’s Law Association, Toronto, 1996; Recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Award, Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Toronto, 1998; Medal of Honour of the International Association of Prosecutors, 1999; Médaille du mérite, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, 1999; Prix de la Fondation Louise Weiss, Paris, 1999; Pennsylvania Bar Foundation's Second Annual Service to Humanity Award, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2000; Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal (Freedom from Fear), Roosevelt Study Centre, Middleburg, The Netherlands, 2000; Women of Distinction Award, Toronto Hadassah-Wizo, 2000; Peace Award, World Federalists of Canada, 2000; Lord Reading Law Society's Human Rights Award, 2000; Wolfgang Freidman Memorial Award, Columbia Law School, 2001; EID-UL-ADHA Award, The Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario, 2001; Médaille du Barreau du Québec, 2001; National Achievement Award 2001, Jewish Women International of Canada, 2001; 2002 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium Award, Berkeley Journal of International Law; McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women Person of the Year 2002 Award; Justice in the World International Prize, International Association of Judges, 2002; Médaille de la Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, 2003; Inducted into Hall of Fame, International Women's Forum, 2003; Honorary Fellowship, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2003; Honorary Professor, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K., 1999-2004; Vice President, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, 1985-87. Honorary Member, American Society of International Law, 2000; Member, International Crisis Group, Board of Trustees, 2000; Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honour Society, 2000; Honorary Bencher of Grays Inn, London, England, 2001; Member of the International Council, Institute for Global Legal Studies of Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001; Member, Advisory Board, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press (New York Law School), 2001; Member, Board of Editors, Journal of International Criminal Justice, 2003. Appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, September 15, 1999. Justice Arbour retired on June 30, 2004.