CLAIHR’s Advisory Council Members are lawyers, professors and international human rights supporters.  Due to the highly sensitive nature of the matters in which some of our Advisory Council Members are involved, not all Member profiles are published here.  The following individuals represent a partial list of our Advisory Council Members:

Senator Art Eggleton

Senator Art Eggleton served 22 years as a member of Toronto City Council and the Metropolitan Toronto Council. For 11 of those 22 years, he was Mayor of Toronto, the longest serving Mayor in the City’s history.  Between 1973 and 1980, he served as City Budget Chief.   In addition, he served on the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, the Board of the Canadian National Exhibition, and numerous committees and task forces dealing with community issues. In recognition of his service to the City, Mr. Eggleton received Toronto’s highest honour, the Civic Award of Merit, in 1992. Art Eggleton also served 11 years in the House of Commons as the member for York Centre. First elected in 1993, he was soon thereafter appointed to Cabinet where he served in the following positions:

  • President of the Treasury Board & Minister Responsible for Infrastructure (1993-1996)
  • Minister for International Trade (1996-1997)
  • Minister of National Defence (1997-2002)
  • Vice-Chairman of Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy (1997-2002)

He also served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and was the Chair of Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Group from 2002-2004. In 2005, Art Eggleton was appointed to the Senate of Canada. He currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and is a member of the Standing Committee on National Finance.

Yude Henteleff

Yude Henteleff is a founding partner of Pitblado Barristers & Solicitors in Winnipeg and a respected human rights practioner around the world. Among many other accomplishments, he has lent his expertise at the 2001 UN Conference on Racism on behalf of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and to the Canadian Executive Service Organization in Kyrgyzstan where he delivered workshops to non-governmental organizations on human rights issues. Yude has also been appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to human rights in Canada.

Professor Michael Ignatieff

Professor Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto and Harvard University. Professor Ignatieff became well known as a television and radio broadcaster and as an editorial columnist for The Observer. His documentary series Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism aired on BBC in 1993, and won a Canadian Gemini Award. His book of the same name, based on the series, won the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Book on Social Issues and the University of Toronto’s Lionel Gelber Prize. His memoir, The Russian Album, won Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and the British Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Prize in 1988. His novel, Scar Tissue, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. In 2000, he delivered the Massey Lectures, entitled The Rights Revolution, which was released in print later that year.

Kathleen E. Mahoney

Kathleen E. Mahoney is a Professor of Law at The University of Calgary. She has law degrees from The University of British Columbia, Cambridge University and a Diploma from The Institute of Comparative Human Rights Law in Strasbourg. She has held many international lectureships and fellowships including the Sir Allan Sewell Visiting Fellowship at the Faculty of Law, Griffiths University, Brisbane, the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Fellowship at The University of Adelaide and Visiting Fellowships at The Australian National University, Canberra and The University of Western Australia in Perth. She was a Visiting Professor at The University of Chicago 1994, and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School in 1998. Professor Mahoney has published extensively on human rights, constitutional law and women’s rights, as well as on judicial education and the social context. She lectures nationally and internationally, and has successfully appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of cases, most notably in the two leading Canadian cases for the legal regulation of hate propaganda and pornography. She has organized and participates in a variety of collaborative human rights projects in Canada, Geneva, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Israel, China and the United Nations. She regularly attends the Council of Europe as an Independent Expert and North American representative. From July 1993–95, she was counsel and advocate on a team of international lawyers representing Bosnia and Herzegovina in the International Court of Justice, focusing particularly on the issue of systematic rape as a crime of genocide. She is the 1997 recipient of the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship and the Soroptomist Club of Canada Woman of Distinction Award. In 1997, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada for her academic achievements, one of Canada’s highest academic honours, and in 1998 was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue her comparative human rights work at Harvard University. In 1998 she was appointed by the Foreign Affairs Minister to Chair the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, in Montreal. In 2000, the Canadian Bar Association presented her with the Bertha Wilson Touchstone Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the promotion of equality.

Joanne St. Lewis

Joanne St. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Professor St. Lewis is currently a bencher for the Law Society of Upper Canada. Professor St. Lewis was the Co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Working Group on Racial Equality and author of Virtual Justice: Systemic Racism and the Canadian Legal Profession. A bilingual lawyer, she has extensive experience in the equality rights area. She conducts research and consults with government, corporations and community organizations in the area of equality rights, with a particular emphasis on legal culture, critical race theory and feminist legal theory. She also conducts training on anti-racist decision-making and practice with judges, other members of the administration of justice, private sector management and the human services sector. Professor St. Lewis was the founding Director of the Education Equity Programme of the Law Faculty at the University of Ottawa. She has held positions with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Race Relations Directorate. She was also the Executive Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). From 1985-87, she was Special Assistant, Government Affairs to the Grand Chief of the Crees of Quebec and was involved in the negotiations of the 1986 La Grande Agreement.

Professor William A. Schabas

Professor William A. Schabas is director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. A specialist in the areas of international criminal accountability for human rights violations and the abolition of capital punishment, over the course of 2001-2003, Professor Schabas lectured in many countries all over the world. In 2001-2002, Professor Schabas represented Ireland as delegate to sessions of a Council of Europe expert group negotiating a declaration on the legal status of non-governmental organisations. He was nominated in 2001 by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, to serve as a part-time member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone and was sworn in by President Abdul Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone on 5 July 2002. After two years of work, the Commission submitted its final report to the government of Sierra Leone. The LL.M. courses taught by Professor Schabas include Abolition of Capital Punishment and International Criminal Law & the Protection of Human Rights. In addition, Professor Schabas lectures along with other faculty members in the Introduction to Human Rights Law course. Professor Schabas formerly taught human rights law and criminal law at the Département des sciences juridiques of the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Department he chaired from 1994-1998. He also taught as a visiting or adjunct professor at McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université de Montpellier, Université de Paris X-Nanterre, Université de Paris II-Pantheon Assas, University of Rwanda, Dalhousie University, the International Institute for Human Rights (Strasbourg), the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. He is a member of the Quebec Bar, and was a member of the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal from 1996 to 2000. Professor Schabas was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington during the academic year 1998-99. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Toronto and LL.B., LL.M. and LL.D. degrees from the University of Montreal. In 1998, Professor Schabas was awarded the Bora Laskin Research Fellowship in Human Rights by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Professor Schabas has published several works. His recent publications include Introduction to the International Criminal Court, 2nd ed. (Cambridge University Press), The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law, 3rd ed. (Cambridge University Press) and Slobodan Milosevic on Trial (Continuum Publishers, with co-author Professor Michael Scharf). He has also published more than 125 articles in academic journals and he is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.

John Terry

John Terry is one of the CLAIHR’s Founding Board Members. He is a partner at Torys. His full biography is available on his website.