Frédéric Mégret

Associate 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)

Publications on SSRN
Google Scholar Profile
Curriculum vitae & publications [.pdf] (updated March 2017)
Podcast: Rescuing a pacifist sensitivity in international law (University of New South Wales, May 14, 2015)

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Frédéric Mégret is an Associate Professor of Law. In March 2015, he was made a William Dawson Scholar by McGill University. He held the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism from 2006 to 2015.

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 the theoretical dimensions of international criminal justice, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as well as general international law. He has long been interested in developing theories about the nature of international criminal justice, increasingly tackling both international law/international relations issues (including the relationship of international tribunals to state sovereignty, the role of complementarity) and criminal law aspects (including international criminal procedure, reparations to victims and practices of stigmatization).

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, with a particular focus on the rights of persons with disability and older persons as well as the interaction of human rights with animal and nature's rights. 

His work on the laws of war is more a work of "re-imagining" that body, with a view in particular to critiquing 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 role of non-state actors in the production of international norms, (iv) the responsibility and accountability of international organizations, (v) the representation of law in popular culture, (vi) transnational legal theory, (vii) the history of international law as a discipline.

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.


  • Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2012-2015
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2011-
  • 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

Public international law, international protection of human rights, international criminal law, the laws of war, international relations.