Montréal (March 9, 2017) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is pleased to announce that The Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C, G.O.Q., has been appointed by Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration in New York City.

"We are thrilled that Louise has accepted this prestigious position to advance important questions around migration at a time when countries around the world are facing substantial challenges and related debates on this important issue," said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO at BLG. "Louise has the knowledge and experience to make a positive impact, and she is an inspiration for all generations to show how we can actively make the world a better place."

Prior to joining BLG, Madam Arbour sat as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, on the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Ontario. She has held senior positions at the United Nations, including that of high commissioner for human rights, and is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. Madam Arbour is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She is the laureate of the 2016 Tang Prize in Rule of Law.

BLG looks forward to its continued relationship with Madam Arbour as jurist in residence.

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