Louise Arbour

2009 Recipient


Arbour PHOTOIn October 2006 the Consortium for Peace Studies inaugurated the Calgary Peace Prize, which was awarded to Mayor Akiba of Hiroshima, Japan. The Calgary Peace Prize Dinner is the Consortium’s premier public event and its major fundraiser.  The 2009 recipient of the Calgary Peace Prize was the Honourable Louise Arbour C.C., LL.L, LL.D (hon), who served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004–2008.  Ms. Arbour, a Canadian national, began her academic career in 1974.  In 1987, 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 she was appointed 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.  She is a member of many distinguished professional societies and organizations and serves on the Boards of the International Crisis Group and of the Human Rights Watch. Louise Arbour was born on 10 February 1947 in Montreal, Quebec and has three children.  She is fluent in French and English.

Ms. Arbour was honoured at the 3rd Annual Calgary Peace Prize Dinner in 2009 at the Calgary Zoo’s Safari Lodge. To see full text of her acceptance speech, click here.