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The Honourable Anne L. Mactavish

Anne L. Mactavish

Justice of the Federal Court, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Born in Montreal, Quebec.  Education at Bishop's University, University of New Brunswick and University of Ottawa.  Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1982.  Associate and Partner, Perley-Robertson, Panet, Hill & McDougall, 1982-1996.  Appointed President of the Human Rights Tribunal Panel in 1995, and Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 1998.  Past President of the County of Carleton Law Association; President, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.  Appointed Judge of the Federal Court and Member ex officio of the Federal Court of Appeal on November 19, 2003. Appointed as a Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on March 23, 2004.

Jane has worked on a variety of projects with UNHCR, the European Union, the Czech–Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International, the Refugee Council of Australia, and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.  She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian International Law Journal, a former General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and a former member of the Editorial Board of the Sydney Law Review.