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 the strategic planning it completed in 2003, the Faculty of Law has asserted 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:

  • CMPL 500 - Aboriginal People and the Law
  • CMPL 511 - Social Diversity and the Law
  • CMPL 516 - International Development Law
  • CMPL 565 - International Humanitarian Law
  • CMPL 571 - International Law of Human Rights
  • CMPL 575 - Discrimination and the Law
  • LAWG 503 - Inter-American Human Rights
  • LAWG 505 - Critical Engagement with Human Rights
  • LAWG 535 - Special Topics 16: International Human Rights Amicus Brief
  • LAWG 536 - Rule of Law and Development
  • LEEL 482 - Law and Poverty
  • PUB2 451 - Immigration and Refugee Law
  • PUB2 502 - International Criminal Law
  • PUB3 115 - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

For more information on which courses are currently offered, head over to the Student Affairs Office website and look under Current courses & registration information.