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Patrice Cousineau, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Tunisia

Patrice Cousineau, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Tunisia

Biography

A graduate of University of Montréal’s Faculty of Law, Mr. Cousineau articled at Stikeman, Elliott law firm in Montréal and was called to the Québec Bar in 1991.

He joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in 1992 and has occupied several positions of increasing responsibility, notably within the Department’s Legal Bureau.  In this capacity, he has addressed a range of public international law issues including extraterritorial jurisdiction, international and domestic economic sanctions regimes, antiterrorist financing and international criminal legal matters such as extradition and mutual legal assistance.

As Director, Oceans and Environmental Law Division, Mr. Cousineau was responsible for Law of the Sea issues, managed Canadian Arctic sovereignty matters, regional fisheries management organizations and other law of the sea files, the interpretation and the negotiation of multilateral environmental agreements (including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), etc.

He most recently served as Director, Commonwealth and La Francophonie, managing Canada’s relationship with these two multilateral organisations.

Mr. Cousineau has served overseas at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul (Republic of Korea), as Head of the Political and Economic relations and Public Affairs section at the Consulate General of Canada in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as Embassy Spokesperson, Counsellor and Head of the Public Affairs section at the Embassy of Canada in Beijing, in the People’s Republic of China, and as Counsellor and Head of the Political and Economic Relations Division at the Embassy of Canada in the Kingdom of Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

He is married, with two children. He speaks French, English, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean.

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