Media Advisory: Where Do Human Rights Come From?


Published: 23Mar2011

Some lessons from the Canadian experience

In commemoration of this week’s United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, McGill is pleased to welcome Professor James Walker from the University of Waterloo to address the meaning of human rights, how they are achieved and why they still matter today. Professor Walker will discuss international patterns and themes and explain how we can look to Canadian history for valuable insights into the concept of human rights and the process by which they are achieved and maintained.

This lecture is jointly organized by McGill’s Minor Program in Canadian Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Department of History and Classical Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at the Faculty of Law.

WHO: James Walker, Professor of History, University of Waterloo

WHAT: Where Do Human Rights Come From? Some Lessons from the Canadian Experience

WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Leacock Building, Room 232, 855 Sherbrooke St. W. (free admission)


About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Que., in 1821, McGill is Canada’s leading post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 36,000 students, including 8,300 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, with more than 7,200 international students making up 20 per cent of the student body. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including more than 6,200 francophones.



Contact Information

Morton Weinfeld
Chair, Department of Sociology and Director of Canadian Ethnic Studies
morton.weinfeld [at]
Office Phone: 
514 398-6853