François Crépeau

François Crépeau

François Crépeau is Full Professor and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, as well as the Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

From 2011 to 2017, he was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. In this capacity, he has conducted visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy (twice), Greece (twice), Nepal, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Malta, the European institutions in Brussels and Vienna (several times), Angola, Australia and Nauru. He has also produced several thematic reports: the detention of migrants, the protection of migrants’ rights at the external borders of the European Union (twice), climate change and migration, global migration governance (three times), labour exploitation of migrants, labour recruitment practices, trade agreements and migration. He was the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Procedures (2014-2015).

François Crépeau is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (NY) and a member of the board of the International Bureau of Children’s Rights (Montreal).

François Crépeau was the 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor, at the invitation of a group of Belgian universities (Université Catholique de LouvainUniversity of GentKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenUniversity of AntwerpUniversité Libre de BruxellesUniversité de LiègeUniversité Saint-Louis de Bruxelles). He was the 2016-2017 Robert F. Drinan S.J. Visiting Professor of Human Rights Chair, at the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington (DC). He has been a guest professor at: Université Catholique de Louvain (2010-2020), Graduate Institute for International & Development Studies (Geneva, 2007), Institut des hautes études internationales de l’Université de Paris II (2002), Université d’Auvergne-Clermont 1 (1997).

François Crépeau has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, directed or codirected ten books: Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law (2017); Human Rights & Diverse Societies (2014), Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11 – Terrorisme, Droit et Démocratie: 10 ans après le 11 septembre 2001 (2011), Recueil de droit des réfugiés: Instruments, Jurisprudences et Documents (The Refugee Law Reader) (fifth English edition 2008, first French edition 2010, second French edition 2012), Les migrations internationales contemporaines – Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalisation (2009), Penser l’international, Perspectives et contributions des sciences sociales (2007), Forced Migration and Global Processes – A View from Forced Migration Studies (2006), Les juridictions internationales: complémentarité ou concurrence? (2005), Mondialisation des échanges et fonctions de l’État (1997) and Droit d’asile: De l’hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995). He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection at Éditions Bruylant (Brussels), in which 29 books have been published since 1997.

From 2001 to 2008, François Crépeau was a professor at the Université de Montréal, where he held of the Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law, and was the founding scientific director of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). From 1990 to 2001, he was a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Until 2011, François Crépeau was a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and sat on the Barreau du Quebec’s Committee on Human Rights and Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He also served as vice-president of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas) (1992-2004) and director of the Revue québécoise de droit international (1996-2004). He participated in observer missions in the occupied Palestinian territories (2002) and in El Salvador (1991).

François Crépeau holds diplomas from McGill University (BCL and LLB), Bordeaux University (DEUG and Licence in law, Master’s in private law), Paris II University (DEA in legal sociology) and Paris I University (Ph.D. in law).

François Crépeau is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and an Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association.


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