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Louise Arbour


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Mrs. Louise Arbour was born in Montréal in 1947. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Bar of Ontario in 1977, and served for 13 years as Associate Professor of Law, and later Associate Dean at the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Mrs. Arbour became a member of the Bench in December 1987, first as a trial judge at the Supreme Court of Ontario and, in 1990, at the Ontario Court of Appeal. In April 1995, she led an official investigation into the operations of correctional services in Canada, based on allegations by female inmates at the women's prison in Kingston (Ontario).

From 1996 to 1999, Mrs. Arbour served as Chief Prosecutor for both ICTY and ICTR. Later on, she acted as Judge at the Supreme Court of Canada (1999 to 2004) and as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008. Since July 2009, Mrs. Arbour has served as President & CEO of the International Crisis Group.