Mary Eberts is an internationally-known litigator who has spent most of her career representing causes that promote equality in Canadian law. Mary is one of the founding mothers of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). She is a role model for a generation of Canadian women pursuing legal careers.
Mary is a graduate of both the Western and Harvard law schools, her academic achievements are surpassed only by her accomplishments in the field of law. Many of the legal briefs she has authored are so noteworthy that they have been published as illustrations of the best possible legal arguments. She has published numerous articles and six books in her career, includingEquality Rights Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – universally regarded as one of the finest compilations of constitutional theory ever published.
Mary taught law at the University of Toronto for six years before beginning a law practice in 1980. She returned to the University as an adjunct professor in 1987 to teach constitutional law part-time. Mary is counsel for the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). Mary is currently completing her Ph.D. in law at the University of Toronto.
Mary’s many awards include the Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Governor General’s Gold Medal and honorary degrees from three Canadian universities. Mary acted as the Gordon Henderson Human Rights Chair at the University of Ottawa 2004-5.
ANNE W. IRERI
Anne earned her LL.B hons degree from Moi University in Kenya and has a post graduate diploma in Legal studies from the Kenya School of law. She is a member of the Kenyan Bar and has nine years post admission experience. Anne has also earned a post graduate diploma in human rights and gender equality from Uppsala University in Sweden. Anne has proceeded to be a legal consultant nationally, regionally and internationally. She has specialized in public interest litigation and legal protection of human rights having previously worked with FIDA Kenya as the Program coordinator for the access to justice program. Regionally, Anne has consulted with the African Union and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana on International Humanitarian Law. Internationally, Anne has worked at the INTERIGHTS, London on strategic litigation around women rights in Africa. Anne is also a recipient of the United States International Visitor Program on Women and Leadership. Anne has taken a research interest on state responsibility towards legal protection and security of vulnerable members of the society. She has served on various boards of organizations in Kenya which focus on empowerment of women and girls in the society. Anne was e²’s 160 Girls National Coordinator for 5 years. Anne is now the E.D. at FIDA-Kenya.
Winifred Kamau holds a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada, as well as LLB and LLM from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently teaching at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. She is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has practised law in that country for a number of years. Winifred’s research interests are in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, informal justice systems and women’s human rights. She is currently involved in a collaborative research group on gender and judging.