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One of Canada's leading jurists and international law experts
will be awarded an honorary degree during Fall Congregation Nov.
Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour earned international recognition
in 1996 when she was appointed by the United Nations Security Council
to serve as prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals
for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
"Even at her relatively young age, she has a record of accomplishment
and dedication to Canadian and international law that is second
to none," says Law Dean Joost Blom.
More than 2,560 students will receive their degrees during Fall
Congregation Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. Degrees will be awarded in eight
ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Born and educated in Montreal, Arbour was called to the Quebec
bar in 1971 and served as a faculty member and associate dean of
York University's Osgoode Hall Law School.
While there, she also served as vice-president of the Canadian
Civil Liberties Association.
Arbour was appointed judge of the Ontario High Court of Justice
in 1987 and also served on the Ontario Court of Appeal. She was
elected to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999.
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The schedule of ceremonies for the Fall Congregation can be found
on the UBC Ceremonies & Events Web site at http://www.external-affairs.ubc.ca/ceremonies/.