François Crépeau

Current affiliation:
McGill University

Professor Crepeau is a pioneer in international migration law, he champions foreigners’ rights in Canada and abroad, including Palestine and Guantanamo Bay.

François Crépeau, 2008 Trudeau fellow, is full professor and holder of the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at McGill University. He is the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants for 2011-2017 and chaired the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Procedures in 2014-2015. Guest professor at the Université catholique de Louvain from 2010 to 2019, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada is an advocatus emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association.

François Crépeau is the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Professor of International Public Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. The focus of his current research includes migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of security as it applies to migrants, and the rule of law in the face of globalization.

François Crépeau has given many lectures, published numerous articles, and written or directed five books: Les migrations internationales contemporaines – Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalisation (2009), Penser l'international, Perspectives et contributions des sciences sociales (2007), Forced Migration and Global Processes - A View from Forced Migration Studies (2006), Mondialisation des échanges et fonctions de l'État (1997), and Droit d'asile: De l'hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995). He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection at Éditions Bruylant (Brussels), is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and is a fellow of the Institute for Research in Public Policies (IRPP). He also sits on the Barreau du Québec’s Committee on Human Rights and Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

From 2001 to 2008, Crépeau was a professor at the Université de Montréal, where he held the Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law and was the founding scientific director of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). From 1990 to 2001, he was a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Professor Crépeau served as vice-president of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas) (1992-2004) and director of the Revue québécoise de droit international (1996-2004. He participated in observer missions in the occupied Palestinian territories (2002) and in El Salvador (1991).

François Crépeau holds diplomas from McGill University (BCL and LLB), Bordeaux University (DEUG and Licence in law, Master’s in private law), Paris II University (DEA in sociological jurisprudence) and Paris I University (PhD in law). He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012.