The Honourable Russel W. Zinn

The Honourable RUSSEL W. ZINN
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Justice Zinn was appointed to the Federal Court on February 20, 2008, and to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on November 20, 2008.  He received a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1976 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1980. 

Following his call to the Ontario Bar in 1981, he became an Associate and later a Partner with Gowling & Henderson in Ottawa.  He left to establish and manage his own firm, then joined Ogilvy Renault LLP as a Partner and was later appointed a Senior Partner of the firm. Justice Zinn’s legal practice focused primarily on human rights, labour and employment, access and privacy law issues.  He was a frequent writer and speaker on topics falling within his practice area.  Justice Zinn is the author of The Law of Human Rights in Canada: Practice and Procedure. 

Justice Zinn currently Chairs the Federal Court’s Law Clerks Committee, and is a member the Federal Court’s Immigration & Refugee Law Bench and Bar Liaison Committee.  In 2014 Justice Zinn was elected to serve on the Governing Council of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ).


Date Modified: 2015-09-09