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Associate Professor (Professional), Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University

Pearl Eliadis is a human rights lawyer, educator and author, with research interests and practical experience in national human rights institutions, equality rights, civil liberties, and women’s rights. As a senior practitioner, she has successfully led global human rights projects with multilateral organizations, and has worked in China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste, as well as in Canada.

She is an Associate Professor (Professional) at the Max Bell School of Public Policy and adjunct at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Pearl is also is a full member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and was appointed three times as President of the Quebec Bar Association’s Human Rights and Diversity Committee and its specialized working group. Other areas of interest and research include civil society and civic space, rights-based approaches to public policy, and organizational evaluation and assessment. Her 2014 monograph Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System (McGill-Queen’s University Press) won the Huguenot Society of Canada Award for freedom of expression and conscience.


  • 2006–present
    Human rights lawyer, Eliadis Law Office
  • 2020–present
    Visiting Scholar, Queen’s University
  • –present
    Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law; cross-appointed to the Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University


  • 1986 
    University of Oxford , BCL (Oxon.)
  • 1985 
    McGill University , LLB, B.C.L.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Barreau du Quebec
  • Member of the Law Society of Ontario


Canada 125 Medal (Governor General of Canada); Queen ELizabeth II DIamond Jubilee Medal; Woman of DistInction (YWCA 2006) “Human RIghts Changemaker” (Equitas, 2017); Huguenot Society of Canada Award (Ont. Historical Society, 2014); Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Governor General of Canada, 2012); Woman of the Year (Montreal Council of Women, 2006), Canada 125 Commemorative Medal (Governor General of Canada)