Perween Rehman: The Rebel Optimist (a film by Mahera Omar)

Event: November 24, 2017, Room 420, Macdonald-Harrington Building, 2:00 to 3:30 PM

A documentary film on Perween Rahman, the Pakistani architect, urban planner and social activist who dedicated her life to serving the basic needs of the urban poor.

Introductory remarks by Professor Francois Crépeau, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, and Professor Madhav Badami, School of Urban Planning and McGill School of Environment

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Mr Fayyaz Baqir, O’Brien Fellow in Residence, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.


Women as Drivers to Solutions in Displacement

Event: November 03, 2017, Redpath Hall, McGill University, 15:00-16:00

Description: Moderated by Sally Armstrong, this conversation between High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and poet-activist Ketty Nivyabandi will explore the leadership of women in finding solutions to displacement.


Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. HC Grandi has been engaged in refugee and humanitarian work for more than 30 years.

Ketty Nivyabandi, Burundian poet, writer and activist. Her leadership in mobilizing women in protest against the Burundi government led to her fleeing from persecution to Canada.

Sally Armstrong, award-winning author, journalist and human rights activist. Ms. Armstrong covers conflict zones to shed light on the lives of women and girls

This event is brought to you by the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill and the Oppenheimer Chair for Public International Law, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

The event will be followed by a reception (16:00-17:30).

For more information, please contact

The audio recording of this event is available here:


‘Camps That Are Becoming Cities – Cities That Are Becoming Camps: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

By Faten Kikano

The Oppenheimer Chair is pleased to welcome Faten Kikano, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design, from the Université de Montréal for a conference and a photo exhibition.

Ms. Kikano will present her research and her photos about the life of  Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

Join us for a lunch, a short conference and a commented tour of Ms. Kikano’s photos which will be exposed in the Atrium of the Faculty of Law.

Where: Room 608 of the New Chancellor Day Hall, Faculty of Law
When: March 24 from 1 to 2:30 pm 


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  Slavery Old and New Poster: Dr. Clare Oxby

Slavery Old and New Speakers’ Series Dr. Clare Oxby

Videoconference with Dr. Clare Oxby

Please join us for a videoconference organized by the Tubman Institute.

The event will take place on October 12th, from 1-2:30 PM,  in the James Administration Building, room 301.