Research

Since its founding in 2005, members of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism have been engaged in a wide range of interdisciplinary research that spans international law, humanitarian law, constitutional and statutory human rights, critical theory and human rights and the ways in which legal pluralism, informal norms and customs intersect with human rights. 

The dynamism and intellectual diversity of our community of scholars and thinkers provides a fertile environment for collaborative and innovative research. These themes are a dynamic work-in-progress overview and showcase some of the expansive research agenda of our members.

This page contains information about current areas of research, researchers, and current projects undertaken at the CHRLP. For information about past research projects, visit our Past Projects page. 

1. Transnational Human Rights, Justice and Governance

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Adelle Blackett, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Transnational Labour Law and Development (2016-2023)
  • Sébastien Jodoin, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Human Rights and Transnational Environmental Governance.
  • Frédéric Mégret, “Strengthening Justice for International Crimes: A Canadian Partnership” (2017-2023). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Frédéric Mégret, “Parallel International Law” (2019-2024). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.   

2. Mobility, Migration and Sustainable Development

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Megan Bradley, “Civil Society and the Global Refugee Regime” (2018-2025). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • François Crépeau, « Protection des réfugiés, pertes et lutes par la justiceL du context local au context mondial » (2019-2021). Financé par Fonds de Recherche de Québec.
  • François Crépeau, “The protection of the human rights of migrants in the emerging global migration governance regime” (2017-2023). Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

3. Indigenous Governance and Legal Traditions

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Kirsten Anker, « Intendance Environnementale Autochtone et Développement Alternatif » (2018-2021). Financé par Fonds de recherche de Québec.
  • Ronald Niezen, “Expectations, Truth and Reconciliation in a Democratic Welfare State: The Indigenous Sami and the Kven/Norwegian Finns Minority in Normway (TRUCOM)” (2020-2022). Funded by the Research Council of Norway.
  • René Provost, “Unreserved Justice: The Administration of Justice by Indigenous Communities” (2019-2024). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 4. Legal Theory and Cultural Legal Pluralism

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Mark Antaki, « Les humanités juridiques et les monde du droit » (2019-2021). Financé par Fonds de Recherche de Quebec.
  • Evan Fox-Decent, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Cosmopolitan Law and Justice.
  • Evan Fox-Decent, « Les frontiers de la politique et de la normativité » (2018-2022). Financé par Fonds de recherche de Québec.
  • Evan Fox-Decent, “The Cosmopolitan Justice of International Law” (2017-2023). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Catherine Lu, Co-chercheur of FQRSC Strategic cluster, Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) (2020-2027)
  • Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli, « Les frontiers de la politique et de la normativité » (2019-2023). Financé par Fonds de recherche de Québec.
  • Daniel Weinstock, « Les frontières de la politique et de la normativité » (2018-2022). Financé par Fonds de recherche de Québec.

5. Gender Justice

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Marie Manikis, “A Multi-Sector Partnership to Investigate and Develop Policy and Practice Models to Dismantle “Rape Culture” in Universities” (2016-2023). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Colleen Sheppard, “Systemic Discrimination: Complexities and Dynamics” (2015-2021). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 6. Health, Environment and Policy

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Alana Klein, “Harm reduction: Public health reasoning in law and public policy in relation to morally controversial behaviour” (2017-2021). Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • Nadini Ramanujam and Sébastien Jodoin, “Disability Rights and Climate Adaptation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Insights from India.” (2019-2023). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Jon Unruh, “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World” (2018-2024). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

7. Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Vrinda Narain, “Women’s Rights in Afghanistan” Events Series (2021).

8. Diversity, Inclusion and Access to Justice

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Angela Campbell, « Accès au droit et accès á la justice » (ADAJ) (2016-2022). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • David Howes, “Explorations in Sensory Design” (2020-2024). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Shauna Van Praagh, “The Legal Agency of Children: Exploring the Interface of Critical Legal Pluralism and Childhood Ethics” (2021-2023). Funded by the VOICE (Views on Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics) Innovation Grant.

9. Peace, Conflict and Emerging Global Orders

Centre Researchers

Current Projects

  • Myriam Denov, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Children, Families and Armed Conflict (2021-2028).
  • Myriam Denov, “Born of War: The Perspectives, Realities and Needs of Children Born of Wartime Rape” (2021-2023). Killam Research Fellowship.
  • Myriam Denov and Shauna Van Praagh, FRQSC Soutien aux Équipes de recherche, Children and Families Affected by War and Migration (2020-2024).
  • René Provost, “Born of War: The Perspectives, Rights and Needs of Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence” (2016-2021). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
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