Anne Levesque studied history and political science before receiving her LLB from the University of Ottawa (Programme de common law français) in 2007. Anne obtained her Master’s in International Human Rights from Oxford University in 2016 as a Ricard Scholar. Her research and her publications focus on human rights and public interest litigation.
Anne was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 2008 and practised human rights law in private practice and also in a community legal clinic. She appeared before several administrative tribunals, Canadian courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and regional and international human rights bodies.
Anne is one of the lawyers who represented the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society in its human rights case leading to a historic victory in 2016 which affirmed the right to equality for more than 165 000 Indigenous children.
As the founding Director of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD) at the uOttawa (2014-2018), she participated in the creation of an innovative program of experiential training for law graduates to acquire practice competencies, become involved in their communities and promote access to justice in French.
Anne is actively involved in her community. She is currently associated with the Broadbent Institute, co-chair of the National Association of Women and the Law and Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Anne is a member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and of l'Ordre du mérite de l'Association de juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario. She is also a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association President's Award and the 150th Commemorative Medal of the Senate of Canada.