François Crépeau

Full Professor
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 606
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-2961 [Office]
francois.crepeau [at] (Email)

François Crépeau. Photo par Lysanne Larose.

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)


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, which he took up in 2008. He was the Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism from 2015 to 2020.

Professor Crépeau is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the Chair of the Thematic Working Group: Migrant Rights and Integrations in Host Communities, KNOMAD - Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, World Bank Group, Washington, DC, and 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). Furthermore, 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 Gentes – McGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism.

Professor Crépeau is a guest professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (yearly, 2010-2020). He was the 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor Chair at Université catholique de Louvain, in collaboration with six other Belgian universities (Université de Liège, Antwerp University, Université libre de Bruxelles, Université Saint-Louis, Ghent University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). He was the 2016-2017 Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Visiting Professor of Human Rights Chair at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). He has been a guest professor at the following institutions : Centre de recherches sur les droits de l’homme, Université de Paris Panthéon-Assas (2018), 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).

He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017. In this capacity, he conducted official visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Malta, the European institutions in Brussels and Vienna, 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, climate change and migration, global migration governance, 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), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2012), a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2008-2011), a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Université de Clermont-Auvergne (France, 2018), and an Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association (2013).

He has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, edited or coedited ten books:

  1. Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law (Elgar, 2017);
  2. Human Rights & Diverse Societies (Cambridge Scholars, 2014);
  3. Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11 – Terrorisme, Droit et Démocratie : 10 ans après le 11 septembre 2001 (CIAJ, 2012);
  4. Recueil de droit des réfugiés: Instruments, jurisprudences et documents (The Refugee Law Reader) (1re éd. 2010, 2e éd. 2012);
  5. Les migrations internationales contemporaines – Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalisation (Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2009);
  6. Penser l'international: Perspectives et contributions des sciences sociales (Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2007);
  7. Migration and Global Processes - A View from Forced Migration Studies (2006);
  8. Les juridictions internationales: complémentarité ou concurrence? (2005);
  9. Mondialisation des échanges et fonctions de l'État (1997);
  10. Droit d'asile : De l'hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995).

From 2001 to 2008, he was a professor at Université de Montréal, holder of the Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law, and founding 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 Université du Québec à Montréal.

Until 2011, Professor 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 Centre, 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).

Recent interviews and podcasts (2019):

Recent publications (2018-2019)

Books / Ouvrages

MAYER, Benoit, CRÉPEAU, François (eds.), Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law, Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017. Reviewed by Lyonette Louis-Jacques in: (2018) 46.2 International Journal of Legal Information 124.

Peer-Reviewed Publications / Publications à comité de lecture

CRÉPEAU, François, “L’émergence d’une conversation globale sur les politiques migratoires – Retour sur un mandat de Rapporteur Spécial des Nations Unies sur les droits de l’homme des migrants (2011-2017)”, Droits fondamentaux – Revue électronique, n° 17, janvier 2019 – décembre 2019, online at :

CRÉPEAU, François, “Towards a Mobile and Diverse World: ‘Facilitating Mobility’ as a Central Objective of the Global Compact on Migration”, International Journal of Refugee Law, Special Issue on the Global Compacts, 2018, Vol XX, No XX, 1–7, online at:

CARLIER, Jean-Yves, CRÉPEAU, François, « De la ‘crise’ migratoire européenne au Pacte mondial sur les migrations : Exemple d’un mouvement sans droit? », (2018) 64 Annuaire Français de Droit International, 461-499. Online at :

Book Chapters / Chapitres d’ouvrages

CRÉPEAU, François, CARLIER, Jean-Yves, “ ‘I’ is a ‘We’: Coman, Plural Identity and Multiple Citizenship in a Globalized World », Chapter 9 in : MINDERHOUD, Paul, MANTU, Sandra, ZWAAN, Karin, Caught in between Borders – Citizens, Migrants and Humans, Liber Amicorum in honour of Pr. Dr. Elspeth Guild, Tilburg (NL): Wolf Legal Publishers, 2019, 89-100.

ATAK, Idil, CRÉPEAU, François, “Legal Status and Vulnerabilities”, Chapter 2 in: BASARAN, Tugba, GUILD, Elspeth (Eds.), Global Labour and the Migrant Premium – The Cost of Working Abroad, Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security, Oxford / New York: Routledge, 2019, 10-17.

CRÉPEAU, François, “Canadian Multiculturalism in Question: Diversity or Citizenship?”, in: REA, Andrea, BRIBOSIA, Emmanuelle, RORIVE, Isabelle, SREDANOVIC, Djordje, Governing Diversity – Migrant Integration and Multiculturalism in North America and Europe, Séries “Études européennes”, Bruxelles: Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2018, 107-120.

Prefaces and Forewords / Préfaces et avant-propos

CRÉPEAU, François, “Foreword”, in: Megan Bradley, James Milner and Blair Peruniak (Eds.), Refugees’ Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2019, ix-xi.

CRÉPEAU, François, “Protecting the Human Rights of Migrants as Part of a Long-Term Strategic Vision of Mobility and Diversity”, Foreword in: Idil Atak, James Simeon (Eds.), The Criminalization of Migration – Context and Consequences, Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018, vii-x.

CRÉPEAU, François, “Facilitating Mobility as an Objective in a Globalised World”, Foreword in: Helmut Kury, Sawomir Redo (Eds.), Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education, Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2018.

CRÉPEAU, François, “The urgent need to recognise migrants’ rights and dignity”, Foreword in: Alan Desmond (ed.), Shining New Light on the United Nations Migrant Workers Convention, Pretoria (SA): Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2018, xiv-xvii.

Other Scientific Articles / Autres articles scientifiques

CRÉPEAU, François, “Changing our perspectives on migration governance policies”, in Conference Report – Panels & Roundtables – Civil Society at Risk? International Perspectives, Report of the events organised in the context of The Enabling Civil Society Conference”, organised by the Voices-Voix Coalition, the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (University of Ottawa), the Mowat Centre NFP, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 20 June 2017, pp. 69-74, online:

CRÉPEAU, François, « Le Pacte mondial sur la migration : une invitation à une mobilisation structurée en faveur des droits des migrants », Allocution prononcée à la Fondation Varenne (Paris), le 12 décembre 2018 , La Revue des droits de l’homme [En ligne], 15 - 2019, en ligne:

ATAK, Idil, NAKACHE, Delphine, GUILD, Elspeth, CRÉPEAU, François, ““Migrants in vulnerable situations” and the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration”, Queen Mary University of London School of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 273/2018, 16 February 2018, online at:

« Una agenda nueva para facilitar la movilidad humana después de las cumbres de Naciones Unidas sobre personas refugiadas y migrantes », OpenDemocracy, 2 August 2018, online at :

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