Courses in human rights law

Engaging in the teaching of human rights, social diversity and legal pluralism

McGill University's Faculty of Law has long prioritized human rights law. In its strategic planning, the Faculty of Law has identified this field as one of its academic priorities for the coming generation. Rooted in the Faculty of Law’s fundamental and overarching mission in legal traditions, comparative law and legal pluralism, the priority of human rights reflects McGill’s distinctive strengths in understanding law as a social phenomenon that transcends territory and state-based institutions.

The Faculty currently offers approximately fifteen (15) courses centered specifically on issues of human rights and social diversity. Many other courses, from extra-contractual obligations to constitutional law, and from property law to international law, contain segments where human rights concerns are a significant focus, or where human rights concerns suffuse other debates.

The following are examples of courses related to Human Rights and Legal Pluralism taught at McGill's Faculty of Law:

  • Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (CMPL 500)
  • Civil Liberties (CMPL 573)
  • Critical Engagements with Human Rights (LAWG 505)
  • Critical Race Theory (LAWG 507)
  • Discrimination and the Law (CMPL 575)
  • Immigration and Refugee Law (PUB2 551)
  • International Development Law (CMPL 516)
  • International Humanitarian Law (CMPL 565)
  • International Law of Human Rights (CMPL 571)
  • Law and Poverty (LEEL 582)
  • Droit international public (PUB2 105)

For more information on which courses are currently offered, head over to the Student Affairs Office website and look under Complementary Social Diversity, Human Rights and Indigenous Law Courses.

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