McGill Faculty of Law Centre for Legal Pluralism Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights


Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom

McGill University
Montreal, Canada
March 21st to 23rd, 2013


The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is pleased to host the third Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights.

The Conference will address key issues regarding democratic citizenship and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the violent repression of democracy, institutional safeguards, economic and social rights, the role of women and youth in struggles for democracy, freedom of expression and assembly, as well as the impact of transnationalism, globalization (including the rise of new media) and foreign policy on democracy. Speakers will engage with the complexities that arise both globally and locally in movements for democratic participation, and with different approaches to nurturing democratic institutions and engagement.

A Young Leaders conference will take place in conjunction with the Conference and will provide bright young activists from the around the world with an opportunity to engage with these issues, develop practical skills in advocacy and social change, and network with the Conference’s renowned speakers.

The goal of the Echenberg Family Conferences on Human Rights is to bridge the gap between the theory of human rights and the complex social, political and economic realities of a turbulent and interconnected world. By bringing together scholars, lawyers, judges, activists, students, and a wide range of stakeholders from civil society, we hope that the dialogue, engagement and education fostered through the conferences will have a concrete social impact, develop pragmatic and innovative approaches to human rights, and address some of the most poignant and pressing concerns of the human condition.

The Conference is made possible by the generous support of the Echenberg Family Foundation and is organized by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and the McGill University Faculty of Law.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference in March!

Colleen Sheppard, Chair

Honourable Irwin Cotler, Honorary Co-Chair

Me Raymond Chrétien, Honorary Co-Chair