The Honourable Louise Arbour Inducted Into Canada’s Walk of Fame

On Saturday The Honourable Louise Arbour‘s star was unveiled on Canada’s Walk of Fame along with those of the other inductees The Band, Jeff Healey, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Reynolds and Hayley Wickenheiser.

From her bio included with her webpage:

The Honourable Louise Arbour is currently a jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais providing strategic advice to lawyers of the Litigation Group, in particular on issues pertaining to international disputes. Her great legal mind, the wealth of her judicial experience and her in-depth knowledge of major international issues has made her one of the most influencial legal minds in both Canada and abroad.

She sat as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, on the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Ontario. She has held senior positions at the United Nations, including that of High Commissioner for Human Rights, and is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She chaired an inquiry commission that investigated certain events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, and has also served as a member of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security.

Justice Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. In particular, she has been a Companion of the Order of Canada since 2007 and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec since 2009, as well as a Commander of the Légion d’honneur, and has been decorated by both Spain and Colombia.

The Walk of Fame tribute show will be televised on Friday, December 19. See the press release for more details.


  1. Louise Arbour taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, and served as the Quebec editor of the Criminal Reports for a short time.

  2. Thank you, Ken. What an incredible contribution she has made to the law! It’s fantastic she has been recognized in a more mainstream forum.

  3. It’s so rare that a legal luminary becomes a mainstream celebrity, though it’s arguably her contributions not to the law but to international relations that have won her the honour. That said, we lawyers know something of the scope of her contributions.