Frédéric Mégret

Full Professor
William Dawson Scholar

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 607
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-5962 [Office]
frederic.megret [at] (Email)

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Frédéric Mégret is a Professor of Law and a William Dawson Scholar at McGill University. He held the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism from 2006 to 2015. He was promoted to full professor in 2019.

Before joining the University of McGill, Professor Mégret was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, a Boulton fellow at McGill University and a research associate at the European University Institute in Florence.

Professor Mégret is the author of “Le Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda” (Pedone, 2002). He is currently co-editing the second edition of “The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal” (Oxford University Press, 2014) with Professor Philip Alston.

Research interests

Professor Mégret's interests lie in international criminal justice, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, the law of international organizations, transitional justice, criminal law, and general international law. He has a long-term interest in developing theories about the nature and history of international criminal justice. His work on international human rights is more explicitly critical in nature, seeking to uncover what lies behind the project of simultaneously internationalizing and legalizing human rights. He is interested in attempting to “re-imagine” the laws of war with a view in particular to prodding some of the limits of the humanitarian tradition from the point of view of the jus contra bellum and pacifism.

In addition, Professor Mégret has a long-standing interest in (i) the idea of resistance, including civil disobedience and armed rebellion, in international law, (ii) the role and status of the state in international law and particularly international law's role in consolidating the state's monopoly on legitimate force, (iii) the responsibility and accountability of international organizations, notably in peacekeeping environments, (iv) migrations, the protection of aliens, and diasporas, (v) the anthropocentrism of international law and human rights.

Professor Mégret is always interested in supervising graduate work on these issues and is particularly interested in students with strong backgrounds in legal or political theory.


  • Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2019-
  • William Dawson Scholar, McGill University, 2015-
  • Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2012-2015
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2011-2019
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2005-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 2004-2005
  • Boulton fellow, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2003-2004
  • Research associate, Law Department, European University Institute (Florence), 2001-2002
  • Attaché and consultant, International Organizations Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva), 1998-1999
  • Attaché, French diplomatic delegation, Rome Conference on the creation of an International Criminal Court, 1998


  • Ph.D., Graduate Institute of International Studies (University of Geneva) / Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), 2006
  • Graduate sum cum laude; Institut d'études politiques de Paris, international section. Erasmus student at Leiden University, 1996-1998
  • Diploma in advanced studies in international public law and international organisations law, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1996-1998
  • LL.B., King’s College, London, 1994
  • Maîtrise de droit privé, Université de Paris I, 1994

Areas of Interest

International criminal justice, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, the law of international organizations, transitional justice, criminal law, and international law.


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