Renée Maria serves as Deputy Executive Legal Officer (Deputy ELO) to the Chief Justice of Canada. She previously held respective roles as Law Clerk, Legal Counsel and Senior Counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a former Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. She has served as Legal Counsel to the Canadian Judicial Council and earlier practised law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. She has also served at the Canadian embassies in Paris and Washington, DC. She is a Vice-President of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and serves on the Cambridge University Lectures Committee. She has lectured at The Hague Academy of International Law and in Myanmar, China and Russia. She is the recipient of the 2009 Prix Émergence and was named a 2011 Precedent Setter by the Canadian law magazine Precedent. In 2013, she was named a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and, from 2015 to 2016, served on its Global Agenda Council on Justice. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Group of the YGL Community. She was selected as commissioner of an International Bar Association fact-finding mission. She holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law (with Distinction) from Oxford.