Louise Arbour has served as president and CEO of the International Crisis Group since July 2009.
Ms. Arbour began her academic career in 1974 and has since been appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Supreme Court of Canada, and as commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. Ms. Arbour acted as United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights, appointed by the security council of the United Nations, as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. She has also served as associate professor and associate dean at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto.
Ms. Arbour graduated from College Regina Assumpta, Montreal and completed an LL.L from the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal. Following the Quebec Bar Admission Course, she was called to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Ontario Bar in 1977. Ms. Arbour is an advisor to the Belinda Stronach Foundation and became Grande Officière de l’Ordre national du Québec in June 2009.