McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism

The Hon. Rosalie Silberman Abella, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, gave a Wallenberg Lecture in November 2017.

In March 2018, we hosted a conversation between the Hon. Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, and Professor Payam Akhavan about Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

In March 2018, a panel with Rouba Al-Salem, Faten Kikano, and Semuhi Sinanoğlu discussed refugee hosting and settlement policies in Lebanon and Turkey.

In November 2017, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and poet-activist Ketty Nivyabandi explored the leadership of women in finding solutions to displacement in a talk moderated by journalist Sally Armstrong.

Visiting Tomlinson Professor John Borrows gave a talk on "Indigenous Rights as Colonialism: UNDRIP and Canada’s Constitution" in January 2018.

In November 2017, the Oppenheimer Chair and the CHLRP hosted a talk on Canada’s private and government sponsorship of Syrian refugees.

Executive Director of the CHRLP, Prof. Nandini Ramanujam, with David O'Brien, BCL’65, founder of the O'Brien Fellowships in Human Rights.

A forum with some of our O'Brien Fellows is a good opportunity for students to mingle and share their research.

The Latest Posts from the CHRLP Blog

Disability and Human Rights Initiative - Reflections and Insights

The Disability and Human Rights Initiative was established in 2012 in recognition of the need for an interdisciplinary forum in the Faculty of Law to engage with one of the most pertinent human rights issues of the 21st century.

We present a review of our work over the past six years:
PDF icon Disability and Human Rights Initiative - 2012-2018 Review

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.