HRREC Hits 40!

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Our Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary during the academic year 2021-2022! This is a major milestone and we want to mark this accomplishment by remembering key moments of the Centre’s history, in particular the direct link between the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms (1982) and the birth of our Centre a few months earlier.




Research, Educate, Advocate and Convene for Human rights

The work of the HRREC is essential to better understand, advance, and support human rights in Canada and beyond. By promoting human rights through a dynamic and rigorous action-research approach, we add value to global and national progress on human rights through the original research and outreach activities of our members, and our partners. By building on links with relevant actors in government, civil society, Indigenous Communities and academia for events, knowledge exchanges, research projects and other initiatives, the HRREC also offers training opportunities for students and civil society organizations on cutting edge concepts and methodologies. Based on this work, we have composed an exciting programme of activities and events over the coming months and we want to invite you to join us!

Support the HRREC

Our ambition is to reach further in order to serve and support the needs of tomorrow’s students and community partners—with increased and enhanced program offerings, advocacy with global impact, and more intensive training reaching more communities. Help sustain the important work of the HRREC in the future by considering these flagship initiatives to support.

We thank the members of our 40th Anniversary Committee: Professors Valerie Steeves, André Laliberté and Scott Simon (Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa), former uOttawa President and Professor Allan Rock, Alex Neve (former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada [English Section]), Ph.D. Candidate Stéphanie Bacher, Professor Tenille Brown (Bora Laskin School of Law), as well as Assistant Director Viviana Fernandez and HRREC Director John Packer, who worked since summer 2020 on this initiative.

Join us to make this anniversary year something special!


Showcasing the Centre

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The Human Rights Clinic of uOttawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre:
Making a Difference Nationally and Internationally

For the last seven years, the Human Rights Clinic (Clinic) of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa has quietly and steadily established its reputation as a solid and invaluable partner to NGOs, government offices and international actors seeking assistance to advance their Human Rights (HR) projects across Canada and the world.



The Impacts of the Pandemic on the Administration of Justice
SEPT 22 | 11:00 - 12:30 | Zoom Webinar

Presentation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur's latest report on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers to the UN Human Rights Council focusing on the impacts of the pandemic to the administration of justice. This is an initiative of our Human Rights Clinic's Project The Independence of Judges and Lawyers.


VOICES: Activists in Exile. Agents of Change.
OCT 6 | 13:00 to 15:00 | Zoom Webinar

VOICES supports activists in exile who are trying to make the home they left a better place. Those voices are important for the perspectives they offer and for the ideas they generate. Voices will provide platforms for those who would otherwise not be heard, in situations of violent conflict. Join us in the virtual launch of this initiative as we will learn more about it and listen to the voice of human rights activist Ali Mirzad.


TAIPEILOVE* - Film & Discussion on Marriage Equality and LGBTQ+ Rights in Taiwan
OCT 14 | 17:00 to 18:00 | Zoom Webinar

TAIPEILOVE* is a documentary on the perception of homosexuality in Taiwanese society and its fight for same-sex marriage. Join us in a discussion between the filmmaker, Lucie Liu and Professor Scott Simon.


Working for Human Rights Series with Marie-Claude Landry
OCT 21 | 15:00 to 16:00 | Zoom Webinar

This series is an opportunity for students, alumni and any other person interested in Human Rights to hear about notable practitioners who will share their professional experience with them. Participants will have the chance to ask them questions on their career path via the Q&A!

MAY 2022

The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella — A Life of Firsts
MAY 12 & 13 | Delta Ottawa City Centre | Conference

The HRREC is a proud partner with the uOttawa Public Law Centre, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the The Advocates' Society, in the organization of this two-day conference to celebrate the retirement of the Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella from the Supreme Court of Canada.

Images of Justice 2021: The Right to Housing

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is pleased to participate, in partnership with CONTEKST, THE SHIFT, the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, the Ryerson Lincoln Alexander School of Law, and The Law Foundation of Ontario, in the third edition of IMAGES of JUSTICE: The Right to Housing!

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