Academic Freedom in Poland, Russia and Hungary
In Winter 2020, the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism launched its first academic freedom monitoring clinic under the supervision of Prof. Nandini Ramanujam and in collaboration with the Scholars at Risk Network. From January to May 2020, BCL/JD students participating in the clinic monitored threats to academic freedom in Russia, Hungary and Poland. The following report presents findings of this monitoring exercise, accompanied by an overview of the political and legal context pertaining to academic freedom in each country.
The report has been submitted to the Scholars at Risk Network and will contribute to their upcoming Free to Think Report.
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.
The initiative has successfully served as a platform for sharing knowledge and good practices among academics, policy makers, advocates, activists, and members of the disability community. Active participation from members of the disability community has brought a rich experiential dimension to the discussions. We have been creative in integrating performance arts, multi-media, and other forms of expression into the series. In six years, our efforts have resulted in creating a community of scholars and advocates in Montreal and Canada, as well as a growing network of partners. We hope to continue to build on our work with our partners and aspire to expand our international network through the internship and the DRSP programs.
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.
Amicus interventions and briefs
From time to time, the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism submits briefs to international tribunals as amicus curiae, prepared by members of the Centre and graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Law.
Here are briefs that were submitted to the Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal), the European Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Amicus brief - Before the Pre-Trial Chamber Extraordinary Chambers in The Courts Of Cambodia in The Matter of The Co-Prosecutors’ Appeal of The Closing Order Against Kaing Guek Eav “Duch” - 8 August 2008