Alex Neve

Alex Neve – Secretary General, Amnesty Canada

Alex Neve believes passionately in a world where the human rights of all people are respected and protected.  Alex has been an active member of Amnesty International since 1985, initially as a group member in Halifax.  He has worked for the organization nationally and internationally in a number of different roles including a stint as Refugee Coordinator for Amnesty Canada and refugee program and research work at the international level as well.

Alex became Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English-speaking Branch in January 2000.   As such he is the primary spokesperson for the Branch.  Among his many other duties he has participated in Amnesty International missions to Tanzania, Ghana, Mexico Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoïre, Guinea, Honduras, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Grassy Narrows, Ontario.  He has represented Amnesty International at international meetings such as the Summit of the Americas and the G8 Summit.  He has appeared before numerous Canadian parliamentary committees as well as various UN and Inter-American human rights bodies.  He appears and writes regularly in the media and speaks to audiences across the country on a range of human rights topics.  He has delivered keynote speeches and lectures at various venues, including Oxford and Harvard Universities.

Alex is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and a member of the Board of Directors of Partnership Africa Canada. He served as a Trudeau Foundation Mentor from 2008-2009.  In 2009 he was awarded an honourary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Alex was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.

Previous Work
Alex has practiced law in Toronto, privately and in a community legal aid clinic, primarily in the areas of refugee and immigration law.  He has taught international human rights and refugee law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and has been affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.  Prior to taking up his current position he served as a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board.