Christine Hanson is an international lawyer and diplomat who has held a variety of roles at Global Affairs Canada. She was appointed CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2016.
Prior to returning to Nova Scotia, Hanson was the Minister-Counsellor, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. Previously, she served as director of the Treaty Law Division. She has also served as deputy director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Criminal and Security Law sections. Prior to that, she led Canada’s ICC and Accountability Campaign to support the work of the international courts and tribunals. In this capacity, she also served as part of Canada’s Sudan Task Force.
Hanson was previously posted to Canada’s Embassy in Washington where she worked in Congressional and Legal Affairs and subsequently in the Office of the Ambassador. She also served at Canada’s Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Hanson completed a graduate degree in international law from Georgetown University in Washington. She also earned degrees in law, public administration and political science from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
She was awarded the Building a Better World alumni award from Dalhousie University in 2014 and an International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Foundation Fellow in 2015-16. In 2018, she joined the International Women’s Forum as a member. She currently chairs the Education and Communication Working Group of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies.
She is married and has two daughters.