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McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism



On February 21, 2014, the CHRLP hosted the Centaur Jurisprudence Project Conference on "The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law." The highly attended event was a great opportunity to explore the potential of legal pluralism to account for the varied and dynamic roles of culture within legal discourse.

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

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Maxwell-Cohen Moot Court, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Join us for a lecture 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.

For those who cannot attend in person, Joseph Arvay's conference will be webcast: http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/Viewer/?EventID=201403046248

About the Litvack Award & Lecture

The Award was created in 1987 to recognize the memory of Mr. Robert S. Litvack, BCL'63, a Montreal lawyer whose passionate committment to the defense of the rule of law brought about landmark decisions in aboriginal and linguistic rights. It is awarded to "a person who has made a distinguished contribution to the defense of the rule of law and the protection of the individual against arbitrary power".

Prior to the Lecture, Joseph Arvay will also participate to the Disability, Dignity and End-of-Life Care seminar, taking place earlier that day.


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.