René Provost is professor of law at McGill University, where he specializes in international human rights, humanitarian law, and legal theory. A graduate of Université de Montréal (LLB), the University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.), and the University of Oxford (DPhil), René served as law clerk to the Honourable Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989-1990 and taught international law at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in 1991. He joined the Faculty of Law of McGill University in 1994, serving as associate dean (academic) from 2001 to 2003. From 2005 to 2010 he was the founding director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.
He is the author of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002), the editor of State Responsibility in International Law (Ashgate-Dartmouth, 2002) and of Mapping the Legal Boundaries of Belonging: Religion and Multiculturalism from Israel to Canada (Oxford University Press, 2015), and the co-editor of International Law Chiefly as Applied and Interpreted in Canada, 7t Ed. (Emond Montgomery, 2014), Confronting Genocide (Springer Verlag, 2011), and Dialogues on Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (Springer Verlag, 2013). He is currently completing work on The Centaur Jurisprudence Project, an interdisciplinary team project he directs on the interaction of law and culture before legal institutions.