Heather Neun | Board of Directors

Heather Neun practices in the areas of human rights and labour law. Her international experience extends back several decades. In 2008-2009, she volunteered with the Costa Rican office of the Centre for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), helping research and write submissions on behalf of two Mexican women with human rights complaints before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Heather worked at the community level promoting human rights in Central America and in Canada and provided protective accompaniment of human rights defenders and social activists in Guatemala through a human rights organization she continues to support.

Heather has been an active volunteer with LRWC since 2004 and has previously monitored human rights violations and attacks on justice system operators in Guatemala, and currently monitors Colombia. She helped write an amicus brief on equality rights in support of the petition of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group against Canada which was brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and heard on its merits in October 2011.

Heather holds a Masters of Philosophy in International Development Studies from the University of Sussex, U.K. She has an LL.B and a Masters of Law from UBC. Her LL.M. thesis addressed different conceptions of equality rights and non-discrimination in Canada and the Inter-American human rights system.