On February 17, 2009, the Administrative Council of ICSID elected Ms. Kinnear, a Canadian national, as the new ICSID Secretary-General.
Prior to joining ICSID on June 22, 2009, Ms. Kinnear served since 1999 as General Counsel (1999-2006)/Senior General Counsel (2006-2009) and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada, a joint legal unit of the Departments of Justice and of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. In this capacity Ms. Kinnear was responsible for the provision of advice on international investment and trade law questions, as well as legal support for investment and trade treaty negotiations, and for the implementation of such treaties. At the Trade Law Bureau of Canada, she managed a group of approximately 65-70 staff, including lawyers, paralegals and administrative assistants. Ms. Kinnear has appeared as counsel before international investment tribunals, participated in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral investment and trade treaties, and advised on Canada’s international investment and trade obligations. In November 2002, she was also named Chair of the Negotiating Group on Dispute Settlement for the Free Trade of the Americas Agreements.
From October 1996 to April 1999, Ms. Kinnear was Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Justice of Canada. Prior to this, she was Counsel at the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Department of Justice (from June 1984 to October 1996), where she appeared before federal and provincial courts as well as domestic arbitration panels.
Ms. Kinnear was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984 and the Bar of the District of Columbia in 1982. She received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Queen’s University in 1978, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from McGill University in 1981, and Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Virginia in 1982.
Ms. Kinnear has published numerous articles on international investment law and procedure, and is a frequent speaker on these topics. She is a co-author of Investment Disputes under NAFTA (published in 2006 and updated in 2008 and 2009). She has also co-authored texts on Canadian legal procedure including Federal Court Practice (1988-1990, 1991-1992 and 1993-2009 annually) and 1995 Crown Liability and Proceedings Act Annotated (1994). Ms. Kinnear is fluent in English and French.
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Updated August 2009