Louise Arbour 2

Her Voice

“Climate change, migration, the revolution of communication technology and the regulation of artificial intelligence – these issues are larger than what can be resolved in any one country… A lot of countries are turning inwards, away from multilateralism when we need to be working furiously together because all of those things transcend national borders.” 


Ms. Louise Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1987 and the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1990. In 1996, the Security Council of the United Nations appointed Madame Arbour Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In this role, she secured the first conviction for genocide (Rwanda) since the 1948 Genocide Convention and the first indictment for war crimes by a sitting European head of state (Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic). 

She resigned as Chief Prosecutor to take up an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999. In 2004 she was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations (2004-2008) and later the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration. Ms. Arbour, Senior Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, was recently appointed to lead an independent review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Ms. Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

In 1998, Ms. Fréchette was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.