Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Portrait of Gib van Ert

Alumnus Gib van Ert, LLM 2000, has been appointed executive legal officer of the Supreme Court of Canada, for a two-year term.

The executive legal officer is the principal adviser to the Chief Justice, and assists the CJ with the Court administration, the Canadian Judicial Council and the National Judicial Institute. In addition, the executive legal officer conducts media relations at the Court.

Van Ert is counsel with Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver. His civil litigation practice is extensinve and includes commercial, real estate, environmental, administrative and public law matters. Van Ert has advised various public bodies, such as professional regulators, administrative tribunals and Crown corporations. A former law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, he’s been a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, England, a visiting professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and a sessional instructor in public international law at the University of Victoria.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin made the announcement today and said:  "Mr. van Ert brings to the position a broad range of experience and talents as legal counsel and as a distinguished scholar, which will serve the Court well in the coming years."

He has an undergraduate degree from McGill University, in history,  and a BA in law from the University of Cambridge. He takes up his new post on August 24th.