Heather Cohen - Legal & Policy Associate
Heather Cohen is a Legal and Policy Associate at ICAR with a concentration on corruption and remedy. She is a Canadian-trained lawyer called to the Bar of Ontario. Prior to joining ICAR, Heather worked as a legal fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has also worked as a legal consultant for Peacebuilders International, a non-profit offering youth restorative justice programming. Heather began her legal career at a large international law firm. Her litigation successes include written submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada, defending an individual from a billion dollar claim in a two month trial on Toronto's Commercial List, and initiating a Syrian refugee sponsorship pro bono program. Heather's publications have focused on international, securities, and corporate corruption law, as well as responsible investing. She is a member of the board of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR), overseeing their friend of the court work, and volunteers as a business and human rights fellow with the Philippe Kirsch Institute. Heather obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Toronto with an exchange to the University of Amsterdam where she completed an internship with the Zupljanin defence team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) from McMaster University. Heather is conversational in Spanish.