François Crépeau

Full Professor
Director, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law

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Website: The Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law
CV & list of publications: François Crépeau CV [.docx]
View an interview with François Crépeau, Focus online, October 2011. (in French)
McGill Reporter: Crépeau begins UN Special Rapporteur term (Dec. 2011)
Talking Teaching Profiles: Teaching justice


François Crépeau, O.C., F.R.S.C., Ad. E., is a Full Professor and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, as well as the Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He is the 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor Chair at Université catholique de Louvain, in collaboration with six other Belgian universities. He was the 2016-2017 Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Visiting Professor of Human Rights Chair at Georgetown University (Washington, DC).

Professor Crépeau was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants between 2011 and 2017. In this capacity, he has conducted official visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy (twice), Greece (twice), Qatar, Sri Lanka, Malta, the European institutions in Brussels and Vienna (several times), Angola, Australia and Nauru. He has also produced several thematic reports: the detention of migrants, the protection of migrants’ rights at the external borders of the European Union (two times), climate change and migration, global migration governance (twice), labour exploitation of migrants, labour recruitment practices, trade agreements and migration. He was the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Procedures (2014-2015).

Professor Crépeau is an Officer of the Order of Canada (2017), an Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association (2013), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2012), and a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2008-2011).

Professor Crépeau is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (NY). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (Montreal). He is a member of several editorial boards: Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, Refuge, Droits fondamentaux, European Journal of Human Rights, Inter GentesMcGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism. He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection (29 books published to date) at Éditions Bruylant-Larcier (Brussels).

Professor. Crépeau has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, edited or co-edited ten books: Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law (2017); Human Rights & Diverse Societies (2014), Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11 – Terrorisme, Droit et Démocratie : 10 ans après le 11 septembre 2001 (2012); Recueil de droit des réfugiés: Instruments, Jurisprudences et Documents (The Refugee Law Reader) (1re éd. 2010, 2e éd. 2012); Les migrations internationales contemporaines – Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalisation (2009); Penser l'international, Perspectives et contributions des sciences sociales (2007); Forced Migration and Global Processes - A View from Forced Migration Studies (2006); Les juridictions internationales: complémentarité ou concurrence ? (2005); Mondialisation des échanges et fonctions de l'État (1997); and Droit d'asile : De l'hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995).

From 2001 to 2008, he was a professor at the Université de Montréal, holder of the Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law, and founding scientific director of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). From 1990 to 2001, he was a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

François has been a guest professor at the following institutions: Université catholique de Louvain (every year since 2010); Institut international des droits de l’homme (Strasbourg) (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2015) ; Graduate Institute for International Studies (IUHEI-Genève, 2007), Institut des hautes études internationales, Université de Paris II (2002), Université d’Auvergne-Clermont 1 (1997).

Until 2011, Pr. Crépeau also sat on the Quebec Law Society’s Committee on Human Rights and Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, was the “Justice, Police and Security” domain coordinator for the Quebec Metropolis Center and was a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. He served as vice-president of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas) (1992-2004) and director of the Revue québécoise de droit international (1996-2004). He participated in observer missions in the occupied Palestinian territories (2002) and in El Salvador (1991). He was also a fellow of the Institute for Research in Public Policies (IRPP).

Professor Crépeau is always interested in supervising graduate research on international, comparative and domestic legal issues relating to:

  • The rights and freedoms of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, migrant workers, and persons belonging to minorities
  • Migration and refugee policies at local, national, regional or universal level
  • Diversity and multiculturalism policies
  • Globalisation, governance and human rights


  • Director, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2015- ).
  • United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (2011-2017).
  • Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University (2009- ).
  • Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation (2008-2011)
  • Full Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal (2001-2008).
  • Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law (2004-2008).
  • Founding Scientific Director of the Centre for International Studies of the University of Montreal (CERIUM) (2004-2008).
  • Professor of Public Law, Département des sciences juridiques, Université du Québec à Montréal (1990-2001).
  • Founding Director of the Centre d'études sur le droit international et la mondialisation (CEDIM) (1995-2001).
  • Director of the Quebec Journal of International Law (RQDI) (1996-2004).
  • Vice-President of the Board of Equitas (then the Canadian Human Rights Foundation) (1993-2004).
  • Guest professor: Graduate Institute for International Studies (IUHEI-Genève, 2007), Institut des hautes études internationales, Université de Paris II (2002), Université d’Auvergne-Clermont 1 (1997), Institut international des droits de l’homme (Strasbourg) (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008).
  • Various teachings: Universita’ di Bologna (2008), Université de Genève (2007), Université Laval (2006), York University (Toronto) (1996-2003), Fondazione Internazionale Lelio Basso (Naples) (2000), Université de Paris Sud (Sceaux) (1999), Université Catholique de Louvain (1997), University of Oxford (1997), Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (Paris) (1997).
  • Coordinator of the “Justice, Police and Security” domain at the Quebec Metropolis Centre (2007-…).
  • Member of the Sectoral Science Commission of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (2005-…).
  • Director of the collection « Mondialisation et droit international » at Éditions Bruylant (Brussels).
  • Counsel, Lette, Lette & Partners, Montreal-Toronto-Geneva.


  • Doctorat en droit. Université de Paris 1 (1990)
  • Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) de sociologie juridique. Université de Paris 2 (1985)
  • Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) de droit des affaires et droit économique. Université de Paris 1 (1984).
  • BCL (Civil Law) & LLB (Common Law), Faculty of Law, McGill University (1982)
  • Maîtrise en droit privé. Université de Bordeaux 1 (1982).
  • Licence en droit. Université de Bordeaux 1 (1981).
  • DEUG en droit. Université de Bordeaux 1 (1980).

Research and teaching interests

Professor Crépeau teaches Law, Literature & Migration, Foundations of Canadian law, International Refugee Law, International Migration Law, International Minorities law, International Human Rights Law, Public international Law, Canadian Constitutional law, Canadian Civil Liberties.

In recent years, Professor Crépeau's research has been concentrated on the rights and freedoms of migrants, especially vulnerable and irregular migrants: their fundamental freedoms, including the right not to be detained and not to be discriminated against on the basis of their immigration status, as well as their fundamental rights, such as the right to work, the right to education and the right to health.

He is also planning research on the human rights framework for global migration governance, at regional and universal level, including on universal and regional institutional arrangements for migration governance, as well as trans-regional recruitment policies and practices and the protection of the rights of migrant workers.