Bernard Duhaime

Study program:
Faculty of Political Science and Law
Current affiliation:
Université du Québec à Montréal

Professor Bernard Duhaime’s project proposes to create a platform that will allow Canadians to learn from Latin American experiences protecting human rights and promoting reconciliation across nations.

Foundation project: Opening up to the Americas in order to protect human rights and committing to reconciliation

Project objectives:

1. Making recommendations for Canadian authorities (Global Affairs, Canada's permanent mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Commission) and for Canadian stakeholders;
2. Producing a collective publication;
3. Building a website promoting recommendations;
4. Creating an inter-American network between Canadian and Latin-American actors.

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Bernard Duhaime is a professor of international law at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a specialist in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. He is also chairman of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, which reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council. For over 20 years, Professor Duhaime has been contributing to the promotion and defence of human rights, through his collaboration with national and international human rights organizations. He has taken part in a range of observation and training field missions and produced numerous institutional reports. Professor Duhaime has also advised many human rights groups, Indigenous rights advocacy groups, human rights lawyers and defenders, international organizations, and states.

A member of several research centres, Bernard Duhaime has authored some sixty publications and delivered over 130 lectures around the globe. He founded and directed the UQAM’s international human rights defence clinic (CIDDHU), which is recognized worldwide as a model university initiative. Recognized by his peers, Professor Duhaime has been a visiting fellow at the University of Southern California (as Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Chair in Public Diplomacy), at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School (United States), at the European University Institute (Italy), and at the faculty of law of the University of Palermo in Argentina. Professor Duhaime has served as lawyer with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1999.

  • April 6, 2018
    Do you work for the defense of human rights in Canada? Within the framework of his fellowship project at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, “Opening up to the Americas in order to protect human rights and committing to reconciliation,” 2017 fellow Bernard Duhaime invites you to participate in a consultation phase by answering this online questionnaire.