Conference - Realizing Rights 2017: Human Rights and Constitutionalism

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is proud to be hosting a unique national and international conference: “Realizing Rights 2017: Human Rights and Constitutionalism,” to be held from June 8-10, 2017 at the University of Ottawa. Our intention is to bring together, for the first time, the full range of practitioners, scholars, and advocates working on human rights across Canada and beyond, in order to discuss challenges and opportunities for the effective realization of human rights and related constitutional and governance arrangements. This major conference coincides with Canada’s 150th anniversary, which provides a special opportunity for celebration and reflection.

The conference, featuring various parallel meetings, sessions, workshops, and social events of distinct character, will contribute in a significant way to the development and strengthening of the field of human rights professionals. To organize it, we are working in partnership with the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) and the International Commission of Jurists Canadian Section (ICJC), with other partners to be confirmed.


We are now accepting panel proposals. In order to submit a proposal, please complete this online form by February 15, 2017.

A full website for the conference will be launched at a later date. In the meantime, any questions can be directed to the Secretary-General of the conference, Janine Lespérance at

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