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Pearl Eliadis

On April 11, the Centre held a special event to mark the launch of Centre member Pearl Eliadis' book, Speaking Out on Human Rights : Debating Canada's Human Rights System (MQUP, 2014), and to celebrate the many publications of fellow CHLRP members. Pearl (shown above) discussed her new work, the fruit of five years of research and writing.


2013 Annual Report

The Centre has released its 2013 annual report.

Highlights from last year include the Third Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights, the launches of the Second Seminar Series on Disability Rights, of the Interdisciplinary Research Network on Discrimination and Inclusion, and of the Human Rights Internship Program's Working Paper Series, along with hosting a researcher from the Scholars at Risk Network.

Download the complete report [4 MB, pdf].


Joseph ArvayLitvack Lecture 2014 - Litigating Charter Challenges: Stories of a Constitutional Lawyer

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Litvack Lecture was given by Joseph Arvay, QC, recipient of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism 2014 Robert S. Litvack Award.

Joseph Arvay is a Canadian lawyer who has argued numerous landmark Supreme Court of Canada cases involving civil liberties and constitutional rights. The Robert S. Litvack Award recognizes his outstanding lifetime achievement. Mr Arvay’s lecture was recorded and can be viewed on McGill’s media servers.


Disability Rights Seminars 2013-2014

The CHRLP is pleased to present its 2013-2014 seminar series on selected issues of human rights and disability law, which builds on the themes explored in last year's successful series.

The four events we have planned this university year seek to engage in one of the most compelling human rights issues of our day, consistent with the Faculty of Law’s tradition of analysis, scholarship and promotion of human rights and social justice. The events will follow the format of a teaching seminar and required resources will be circulated ahead of time.

Sign up today. See our information and calendar page to find out more.


The continuing relevance of human rights

Human rights evoke concern with the lives of individuals and the well-being of communities. Relevant to our understanding of history, the present, and inter-generational justice, human rights have been on institutional, legislative, constitutional, and international agendas, and have been embraced by diverse social movements in countries all over the world. Human rights concepts have been relied upon in efforts to promote peace, cooperation, and intercultural dialogue.

Plurality in a globally connected world

Human rights concepts are increasingly being applied in diverse social and cultural contexts, reflective of a legally plural world. This plurality prompts new thinking about the relationship between law and society. Connecting the study of human rights to legal pluralism brings to light the importance of multiple legal and normative orders, ethical inquiry, local knowledge, individual and systemic relationships, and social power within the institutions and communities of civil society.

An innovative legal and interdisciplinary approach

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is a focal point for innovative legal and interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and outreach on human rights and legal pluralism. The Centre's mission is to provide students, professors and the larger community with a locus of intellectual and physical resources for engaging critically with how law impacts upon some of the most compelling social problems of our modern era.