McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism

Reports on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In April 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) published its concluding observations on the initial report of Canada. In advance of the Committee's meeting, the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism published a shadow report examining the current state of protection of the right to legal capacity for persons with disabilities in Canada, and offering recommendations.


File CHLRP report submitted to the UN CRPD, April 2017

Microsoft Office document icon UN CRPD - Concluding observations on the initial report of Canada, April 2017

Adelle Blackett receives research prize from Trudeau Foundation

Portrait: Adelle BlackettThe Centre is proud to announce that Professor Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., has been awarded a prestigious $225,000 research fellowship by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. With this prize, Blackett will develop case studies, lead high-level discussions and formulate recommendations on the role of transnational labour law in a globally interconnected world.

Bravo, Adelle!

Colleen Sheppard named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

We are thrilled to share the news that former CHRLP Director Colleen Sheppard has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

In sharing the news, Law Dean Robert Leckey said that "this richly merited accolade recognizes primarily Colleen’s achievements as a researcher, advancing the field of research on equality and pushing us to rethink our understanding of inclusion and exclusion. A key piece of Colleen’s profile as a researcher is the sustained commitment to sharing her ideas with communities outside the university and sustaining partnerships with them.”

Congratulations Colleen!

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.