Louise Arbour to be awarded honorary doctorate at the School of Advanced Study’s 2010 graduation ceremony

Tuesday 23 November 2010

The Honourable Louise Arbour CC GOQ, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa at the School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony on Friday 3 December 2010.

This honour recognises a lifetime of achievement by Louise Arbour in the field of human rights. Louise Arbour has served as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group since July 2009. Previously she acted as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008.

Ms. Arbour, a Canadian national, began her academic career in 1974. In 1977, she was nominated Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada. In December of 1987, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario (High Court of Justice) and in 1990 to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1995, Ms. Arbour was appointed Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. In 1996, she 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. In 1999, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Arbour graduated from College Regina Assumpta, Montreal in 1967 and completed an LL.L (with distinction) from the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal in 1970. Following the Quebec Bar Admission Course, she was called to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Ontario Bar in 1977. Ms. Arbour has received honorary doctorates from some thirty universities and numerous medals and awards and is a member of many distinguished professional societies and organisations.

Professor Maxine Molyneux, Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and Chair of the Human Rights Consortium Steering Group at the School of Advanced Study, is delighted that the School is honoring “Louise Arbour’s distinguished legal career, serving as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, and as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.” “In these roles, Professor Molyneux added, “she has been at the forefront of the human rights movement and continues that important work in the International Crisis Group.”

Louise Arbour, on hearing of this award, said: “I am delighted to be honoured with this honorary doctorate from the University of London, an institution with a long history of support for the international human rights framework, and increasingly for the study of peace and conflict issues. I look forward to my association with the University and its students, now and into the future”.

Notes for editors:

1. For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at dee.burn@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8670 / 07900 401 240.

2. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights. www.sas.ac.uk

3. The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Founded in 1995, the Group is now generally recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. www.crisisgroup.org