Louise Arbour

Empathetic Judge

In the summer of 1999, Louise Arbour visited a war-crimes site in the southeastern Kosovo village of Vlastica. She walked for a time with a local Albanian woman, who confessed to still fearing for her life. "Don't worry," Arbour replied. "We're here now."

The exchange was classic Arbour: a singular balance of strength and empathy. During her three years as chief prosecutor of war crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, this remarkable Canadian stood up to the bullies and stood up for the victims. She demonstrated courage and tenacity, compassion and tact. Above all, she...

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