Media Advisory - Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, to Address Canadian Club
Human Rights and the Politics of Fear
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Concert Hall (C Level - West side)
TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - On Monday, June 13th, The Canadian Club of
Toronto will present Louise Arbour with its Canadian of the Year Award for
2005, recognizing Ms. Arbour for her distinguished efforts around the globe in
the field of Human Rights, over the last decade. In her acceptance speech,
which will focus on human rights and the politics of fear, Ms. Arbour will
reinforce two key messages. First, that human rights stand as a counterweight
to the politics of fear and ensure the protection of human security around the
globe in the most profound sense. Second, in both ideology and practice,
Canada stands as a role model in the fight for human rights, because it does
not define itself by what it fears, but rather by whom it welcomes.
Ms. Arbour is a graduate of College Regina Assumpta in Montreal and a
graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal. She was called to the
Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Ontario Bar in 1977. Ms. Arbour began a
distinguished academic career in 1970, culminating in the positions of
Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York
University in Toronto, Canada, in 1987. In December of 1987, she was appointed
to the Supreme Court of Ontario (High Court of Justice) and in 1990 she was
appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
In 1996, after chairing an inquiry into women's prisons in Canada, Ms.
Arbour was appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations as Chief
Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia
and for Rwanda. After three years as UN Prosecutor, she returned home to take
up an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. On July 1, 2004, she
returned to the UN, as High Commissioner on Human Rights.
The mother of three children, Ms. Arbour has been a Board member of many
distinguished professional societies and has received numerous medals and
awards and honorary doctorates from more than 25 universities. She has also
published extensively on criminal law and given innumerable addresses on both
national and international criminal law.
For further information: Verity Dimock, The Canadian Club of Toronto,
Phone: (416) 364-5591, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,