Pearl Eliadis

Pearl Eliadis is an award-winning lawyer, educator, and author who has successfully led complex, global human rights and governance projects for multilateral agencies, including the UN, in China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste. From 2000-2003, she led several UN missions to Rwanda to the National Human Rights Commission and the Unity and Reconciliation Commission. Previously, Pearl a served as Director of Policy at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and then as Senior Director at the Policy Research Initiative (Privy Council Office) in Ottawa. Currently, Pearl serves as adjunct professor at McGill’s Faculty of Law and is a Full Member of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. 

She has written extensively on human rights, public policy, and public policy evaluation with a social justice focus, including Designing Government: From Instruments to Governance (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005); Evaluation: Seeking Truth of Power? (Transaction Publishers 2011) and the 2014 monograph, Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System (2014, MQUP) which won the Huguenot Society of Canada Award. Her other research interests include enabling civil society, democracy and dissent, national human rights institutions and women’s rights.  

Pearl is deeply engaged with civil society organizations, and has served in leadership roles with human rights NGOs. She is a recipient of several awards, 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. She has been appointed three times as President of the Quebec Bar Association’s specialized human rights committee. 


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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