Oonagh Fitzgerald is the acting chief legal counsel and manager of the Public Law Sector, Justice Canada, comprising specialized public law advisory, policy, and international litigation functions. Previously, she served as special advisor for international law at Justice Canada, and she continues to have responsibility to promote, support, and coordinate the Department of Justiceâ€™s work in the field of international law. Before that, she held public law positions as director of the International Law Section, senior counsel for regulatory reform in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section, and counsel in the Human Rights Law Section. Before joining the Department of Justice, Oonagh was counsel at the Immigration Appeal Board, commerce officer at the Competition Bureau, and legal consultant at the Law Reform Commission of Canada.
Oonagh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Law, and a Doctorate of Juridical Science, and she is a member of the Ontario Bar. She has written two books, Understanding Charter Remedies and The Guilty Plea and Summary Justice, and a number of articles. She has taught at Carleton University Law Department, Ottawa University Law Faculty, and the International Institute for Human Rights.