Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Assessing the Effectiveness of Human Rights Law in Canada

Professor Bethany Hastie, LLM’12, DCL’15, Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC), will give a talk on her published research report analyzing workplace sexual harassment complaints under human rights law. Hosted by the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law. Sparked by the #MeToo movement, social commentary and media have revived broad-based discussions concerning sexual harassment and misconduct in…
Monday, 11 November 2019

A Month, a Year, a Decade?

  The Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, with the support of the McGill Refugee Research Group, welcome Professor Jane McAdam, University of New South Wales Law, Sydney, Australia; Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law; and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee…

Bordering the Pandemic: COVID-19, Immigration, and Emergency

UBC Migration Speakers Series by Asha Kaushal & Bethany Hastie

December 1, 2020

Bordering the Pandemic: COVID-19, Immigration, and Emergency

An online talk by:
Dr. Asha Kaushal
Assistant Professor, UBC Allard School of Law

Dr. Bethany Hastie
Assistant Professor, UBC Allard School of Law

Devin Eeg
Graduate, UBC Allard School of Law Graduate Program

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (PST)

[ Abstract ]
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of Canada’s international borders. This closure was not absolute; it was marked by several exceptions. Those exceptions were contained in a series of Orders-in-Council (OiCs) which became the Canadian government’s mechanism of choice for governing the border. OiCs are swift, efficient, and flexible legal instruments, which makes them well-suited to a public health emergency. In this talk, we explore the nature, function and impact of regulating Canada’s borders through OiCs. Focusing on both the procedural and substantive dimensions of OiCs, we interrogate their potential political, legal, and social consequences. We draw on the theory of the emergency to unpack and illustrate how this unfolds, and to explain why it creates serious challenges for longer-term immigration regulation. We demonstrate how the use and content of the pandemic OiCs with respect to the border has reignited reliance on status-based distinctions in immigration regulation, and we consider the ways in which this may produce discriminatory effects at and within Canada’s borders.

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Loin de Bachar, un film de Pascal Sanchez (ONF) 2020 | 73 min

À la Cinémathèque québécoise dès le 25 septembre 2020
17 September, 2020

The Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law invites you to view this excellent documentary entitled “Loin de Bachar” :

Il y a quelques années, les al-Mahamid ont dû fuir la Syrie de Bachar al-Assad pour s’établir à Montréal. À des milliers de kilomètres du conflit, Loin de Bachar trace un portrait tout en nuances de cette famille courageuse, dont le quotidien demeure traversé par une guerre qui ne finit pas.

  • Horaire et billetterie:
  • Le réalisateur, Pascal Sanchez sera présent le vendredi 25, et le dimanche 27 septembre, pour un court échange après les projections

Beyond the 2018 Global Compact for Migration

The Future of International Cooperation on Migration Governance - February 5th, 2020



The Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill university Faculty of Law, hosted a panel discussion on the future of the Global Compact for Migration, featuring:

  • His Excellency Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, former Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations between 2016 and 2019 and
  • Hon. Luise Arbour, recently the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The panel discussion was hosted and moderated by:

  • Pr François Crépeau is the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Lawand the Director of the McGill Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Pr Crépeau was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017.

According to the United Nations, the global number of international migrants reached 272 million in 2019. This figure will increase due to population growth, enhanced connectivity, trade, rising inequality, demographic imbalances and climate change. Migration provides immense opportunity and benefits for home and host communities. At the same time, due to poor regulation and exploitation, migration can also create significant challenges for states and individuals alike. The 2018 Global Compact for Migration is the first-ever United Nations instrument on a common approach to the governance of international migration in all its dimensions. Our distinguished panelists were both instrumental to the crafting and adoption of the Global Compact. Although non-binding, the Compact is grounded in the values of state sovereignty, responsibility sharing, non-discrimination and human rights. It recognizes that a cooperative approach is needed to optimize the overall benefits of migration, while addressing its challenges for individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination.


30 Years Of Child Rights: Progress And Challenges

Sept 20, 2019


Organised by the IBCR and McGill University Faculty of Law, co sponsored by the CHRLP and Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law (Francois Crepeau). This conference gathered internationally renowned experts in the field of children’s rights and with the exceptional participation of Najat Maalla M’jid, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children.

The panel reviewed the progress made since the creation of the CRC 30 years ago and discuss current matters and situations to assess the achievements and challenges still pending regarding children’s rights worldwide.

Radio National Breakfast: Morrison refuses to sign UN migration pact citing risk to border security

Interview with Professor François Crépeau
6 March, 2019

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Radio National Breakfast – Separate stories podcast, with Fran Kelly, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


10520846-3x2-700x467Image: The UN migration pact is a conceptual framework and not legally binding. (Chaideer Mahyuddin/Getty Images)

Australia’s decision to refuse to sign up to a global UN migration pact has been described as “regrettable” by the United Nations.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed Australia won’t be a signatory to the United Nation’s Global Migration pact, claiming it will compromise Australia’s national interests and border security.

Australia now joins the United States, Poland and some populist governments in Europe in not signing the pact which aims to coordinate a global response to the world’s migration crisis.

The growing number of countries rejecting the accord is a symbolic blow to UN efforts to protect migrants and refugees, with a record 68 million people being displaced from their homes last year alone.

To listen to the full audio recording, please click here.