Director, Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice-President & Provost

Andrea Russell, M.Phil. (Cambridge), J.D. (U of T), called to the Bars of New York and British Columbia. Andrea received a Master’s degree in International Relations from Cambridge University, which she attended as a Commonwealth Scholar; her dissertation focused on the legal characterization of sexual violence in the first indictments of the UN War Crimes Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia. Following graduation from the U of T Faculty of Law, Andrea conducted international litigation with White & Case LLP in New York, where she represented or acted in matters involving numerous foreign governments. Before returning to Canada, Andrea was a Supervising Attorney at the Claims Resolution Tribunal, the Zurich tribunal established by New York federal court to resolve issues arising from the class-action lawsuit brought by Holocaust victims and heirs against Swiss banks and other Swiss entities. Andrea has taught and consulted on International Criminal Law issues for government officials, judges, lawyers and human rights advocates in post-conflict Nepal and Burundi.  She has also undertaken significant international human rights volunteer work, serving as a Lawyers without Borders volunteer in Namibia; as a researcher on transitional justice issues for the International Center for Transitional Justice; as an intern with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and as a member of the Canada Committee for Human Rights Watch.

Andrea currently serves as Director, Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice-President & Provost. Contact:  andrea.russell@utoronto.ca