McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism

23 Nov 2017: The Labouring Subject of Refugee Economies

The CHRLP invites you to a talk by O'Brien Fellow in Residence Ranabir Samaddar. We share the article he will be discussing here [.docx]
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24 Nov 2017: Henry James’s “Obscure Hurt” - Chronic Pain as Figurative Being

The Disability and Human Right Initiative initiative welcomes Michael Snediker (University of Houston),  a well-known poet and a scholar of American literature and disability theory, who will examine Henry James’s obscure ordeal of chronic pain in relation to the privative subject of his sexuality.
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29 Nov 2017: Migration and Climate Change: Legal and Practical Challenges

Join us for a CHRLP/Oppenheimer Chair talk with Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow Hanna Haile, who will explore legal and policy responses to address the phenomenon of human movement related to environmental change, including creative interpretation of existing international law.
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Join us on December 4, 2017, for the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We will have activities, resources, snacks and a short film screening in the atrium. Click to find out more.

6 Dec 2017: Human rights, exploitation and international taxation

An O’Brien Fellows in Residence seminar with Professor Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden U., The Netherlands), organized in collaboration with the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation.
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Disability and Human Rights Series - Call for Submissions

The Disability and Human Rights Series explores compelling issues on disability with a focus on law and policy. The series welcomes articles, commentaries, podcasts, artwork, photography and other forms of writings and media that deal with the subject of disability.

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2017. Include the title of the piece as well as the author. Questions and submissions should be sent to chrlpworkingpaperseries [at] See the posting for further details.

Both law and non-law students from all levels and academic backgrounds are welcome to submit.

Is the World Ready for Global Justice?

We recorded the September 14, 2017 panel held with Professor of International Law William Schabas (Middlesex University London), visiting scholar Nidal Jurdi (American University of Beirut), and Professor Frédéric Mégret (McGill Law). Professsor François Crépeau, director of the CHRLP, moderated. You can watch it on YouTube:

Call for applications: International Clerkships 2018

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) is currently accepting applications for:

  • a 12-month clerkship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA);
  • a 9-month clerkship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • a 9-month clerkship program at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR)

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2018, at 17:00 EST. To find out more, including how to apply, see our International Clerkships page.

Congratulations, François Crépeau

The Faculty of Law and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHLRP) are pleased to announce that CHRLP director François Crépeau has been appointed to Belgium's International Francqui Professor Chair in Social Sciences for 2017-2018. This significant appointment adds the name of Professor Crépeau to the prestigious list of former Chair holders, which includes several Nobel Prizes as well as eminent intellectuals such as Michel Foucault. Endowed in 1932, the Francqui Chairs allow Belgian universities to host eminent, internationally-renowned researchers. During his six-month stay, he will notably be giving public lectures at each of the six universities who supported his nomination.

Bon voyage, François!

Scholars at Risk offers refuge – and a voice – to persecuted scholars

The McGill Reporter, Monday, June 19, 2017

“Ally,” as he must be known, is one of thousands of academics facing persecution, torture and death around the world. While he once feared for his life in his home country in South Asia, today, he has found refuge at McGill as part of the Scholars at Risk program (SAR), for which Professor Nandini Ramanujam, Executive Director of Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, serves as  McGill's representative. Keep reading...

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

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.