Stobo Sniderman is a lawyer and writer (LinkedIn profile). He was recently the human rights policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto law school, Swarthmore College and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He has worked for Justice Edwin Cameron at South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zimbabwe, and Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous rights law firm in Toronto. His writing has been published in Maclean’s, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Columbia Review of Journalism and London’s Sunday Times. He won the award for best print feature of 2011 from the Canadian Association of Journalists for his profile of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. One time, he had tea with Nelson Mandela.
He co-founded the Genocide Intervention Network, a US-based advocacy organization with a mission to organize a political constituency promoting civilian protection from mass atrocities. He has also delivered TED talks about climate change and activism.
Stobo is called to the bar in Ontario and New York. He made his first oral argument before the Supreme Court of Canada in April 2018, in a case about the constitutionality of mandatory fines for criminal offenses.