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Rosalie Abella

Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

Rosalie Silberman ABELLA was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 after serving twelve years as a justice on the Ontario Court of Appeal. She chaired the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Law Reform Commission, and the Study on Access to Legal Services by the Disabled. She was a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Premier’s Advisory Committee on Confederation, the Ontario Public Service Labour Relations Tribunal, the University of Toronto Academic Discipline Tribunal, and the Canadian Judicial Council’s Inquiry on Donald Marshall, Jr. Justice Abella has written more than 80 articles and written or co-edited four books on a variety of legal topics. She lectures extensively in Canada and internationally. As the Boulton visiting professor at the McGill Law School for four years, she taught advanced courses in constitutional law, administrative law, human rights and civil liberties, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and jurisprudence. She was also a distinguished visiting faculty lecturer at the University of Toronto Law School for three years, teaching courses on the judicial role in a democracy, human rights and civil liberties, and comparative jurisprudence. Justice Abella is a specially elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Abella has twenty-four honorary doctorates. She is accompanied by her husband Irving Abella.

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