Human Rights Lawyer Fiona Sampson P '24 visits Grade 12 Law
Fiona Sampson P '24 visited Ms. Hansler's Grade 12 Law Class this week to talk about Human Rights Law and the work of the 160 Girls Project. Fiona shared her experience as a Human Rights lawyer and her path from law school to global human rights law. Her remarkable career and experience was inspiring and engaging for class and gave us a glimpse into the possibilities available as a human rights lawyer.
"Her work is very inspiring and interesting to see the entire legal process she had to go through to build the 160 girls case. It really made me appreciate the work and dedication of the legal team to make this monumental work a reality" — Eman Mushed '22
"Her passion and engaging presentation made me want to learn more about human rights law and learn more about her work and its impact." — Olivia Murphy '22
"Fiona Sampson was incredibly well-spoken and I learned about a situation in Kenya that I had no previous knowledge of. I was surprised and inspired by the sheer volume of work to make change happen. It's insane." — Carter Cartier '22
About Fiona Sampson, B.A., M.A., LL.B., Ph. D., C.M. CEO Fiona Sampson is the CEO of the equality effect. Fiona is a human rights lawyer with a PhD in women’s equality law who has dedicated her 20+ year career to seeking justice for society’s disadvantaged: First Nations, refugees, disabled persons, and victims of violence. Fiona founded the equality effect in 2008. As CEO of the equality effect, Fiona led her team to the 2013 landmark victory in Kenya in which the country’s High Court found the state’s failure to protect girls from rape was unconstitutional and violated their human rights. Fiona has been called one of the world’s “women revolutionaries” alongside notables that include Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, and Isobel Coleman.
An experienced litigation lawyer, Fiona has appeared repeatedly before the Supreme Court of Canada representing various women’s NGOs in equality rights cases. Fiona has received many awards and much recognition for her human rights work; Fiona was appointed an Ashoka Fellow, named one of the 25 top most influential lawyers in Canada, top 5 on the World Stage, by Canadian Lawyer magazine 2014, and named one of 50 “Global Heroes” working to end violence against children, along with Queen Noor and Hillary Clinton, among others. In 2015 Fiona was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour a Canadian civilian can be awarded. Fiona has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Trent University and Queen’s University, in recognition of her contribution to human rights law.