François Crépeau

Full Professor
Director, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
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)

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., M.S.R.C., Ad. E., is 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.

Professor Crépeau is guest professor at Université catholique de Louvain (yearly, 2010-2020). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union, 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). 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 was the 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor Chair at Université catholique de Louvain, in collaboration with six other Belgian universities (U.Liège, Antwerp.U, ULB, U.Saint-Louis, Ghent.U, KUL). He was the 2016-2017 Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Visiting Professor of Human Rights Chair at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). He has been 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).

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 (two times), Greece (two times), 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 (two times), 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: 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), 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 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.

Until 2011, he 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).

Pr 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

You may read or listen to Professor Crépeau’s recent interviews and podcasts: