Pearl Eliadis

Pearl Eliadis is Associate Professor (Professional) and an award-winning lawyer, educator, and author. In her private law practice, she has successfully led complex, global human rights and governance projects for multilateral agencies, including the UN, and has worked 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 served as Director of Policy and Education at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and as Senior Director at the Policy Research Initiative (Privy Council Office) in Ottawa.

Pearl served as an adjunct professor at McGill’s Faculty of Law, where she continues to lecture in the areas of civil liberties, democracy and dissent. She is a Full Member of McGill's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. 

Pearl is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Quebec Bar Association, and began her career at a national law firm.

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.

Current research interests and areas of policy engagement include evaluation and human rights, the right to housing, and international mechanisms for the protection of National Human Rights Institutions. She is currently co-chair of the Quebec Homelessness Prevention Policy Collaborative's research stream on gender and intimate partner violence. 

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.

Courses offered:

Core Policy Course: Law, Human Rights and Public Policy

Policy Case Study: Preventing Violence Against Women and Children in Kenya

Policy Case Study: Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda


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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