Pearl Eliadis

Pearl Eliadis is an award-winning human rights lawyer, an educator, and an author. She has successfully led complex, global projects for the UN, the European Commission, governments and NGOs, as well as in-country missions in China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste. In Canada, her clients include human rights institutions and governments. She serves as President of the Quebec Bar Association’s specialized working group on human rights.  

Pearl also has more than a decade of public policy experience in government, including as Director of Policy at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and Senior Director at the Policy Research Initiative (Privy Council Office) in Ottawa. From 2000-2003, she served on several UN missions to establish the National Human Rights Commission and the Unity and Reconciliation Commission in that country.    

She has taught at the Faculty of Law at McGill University since 2012, where she serves as adjunct professor. Pearl also is a Full Member of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. 

Pearl has written extensively on human rights, public policy and evaluation in the social justice context. Her 2014 monograph, Speaking Out on Human Rights (MQUP) won the Huguenot Society of Canada Award. The book examines the role of human rights commissions and tribunals and their contributions to democratic governance and the rule of law. She has also published several book chapters and articles on public policy evaluation, international human rights, democracy and dissent, and women’s rights. 

Pearl is deeply engaged with civil society organizations in Canada and internationally, and has served in leadership roles with many human rights NGOs. She is a recipient of several awards for this work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal. She was named a Human Rights Change Maker in 2017 by Equitas.   


Core Policy Course: Ethics, Rights, and Law

Policy Case Study: Ending Sexual Violence: Equality Rights and Public Interest Campaigns in Kenya

Policy Case Study: Racial and Social Profiling


B.C.L. (Oxon.) University of Oxford, Law

LL.B., B.C.L. McGill University, Law

B.Sc. McGill University, Biology


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