Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law and Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University

I am a human rights lawyer, educator and author, with an interest in equality rights, civil liberties, and women’s rights. I have successfully led complex, global projects on national human rights institutions, capacity assessment, and women’s rights with institutional and multilateral clients, and worked in China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste, as well as in Canada.

I am adjunct at McGill University's Faculty of Law, and am cross-appointed to the Max Bell School of Public Policy as a member of the Teaching Faculty. As a full member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. I serve as President of the Quebec Bar Association’s Human Rights and Diversity Committee. In addition to human rights, areas of interest and research include civil society, public policy, and organizational evaluation and assessment. The 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. In 2020 I have been a Visiting Scholar at Queen’s University.

Experience

  • 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

Education

  • 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

Honours

“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)