Professor Kathleen E. Mahoney QC

 

Professor Kathleen E. Mahoney QC

Professor Kathleen E. Mahoney QC has a JD degree from the University of British Columbia, an LLM degree from Cambridge University. She has been a professor at the University of Calgary faculty of law for more than three decades.  She was the Chief Negotiator for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples claim for cultural genocide against Canada, achieving the historic Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the largest financial settlement in Canadian history. She was the primary architect of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and led the negotiations for the historic apology from the Canadian Parliament and from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. She was counsel for Bosnia Herzegovina in their genocide action against Serbia in the International Court of Justice with the result that in subsequent legal proceedings the definition of genocide was interpreted to include mass rapes and force pregnancy as genocide offences. Among her many awards and distinctions, Professor Mahoney is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Queen’s Counsel, a Trudeau Fellow, and a Fulbright and Human Rights Fellow (Harvard). She received the Governor General’s medal for her contribution for establishing equality in Canada.

 

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