Pearl Eliadis is a lawyer, author and lecturer. She has made human rights her life’s work, and has more than 20 years' experience.
In private practice in Montreal, she focuses on human rights law, national human rights institutions and democratic governance.
Pearl has worked in Canada, East and Central Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and has been retained by multilateral organizations including the United Nations, the European Commission, international consortia, and NGOs.
Pearl teaches Civil Liberties at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where she is a full member of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She is an three-time alumna of McGill and obtained her graduate law degree from the University of Oxford.
She is on the Boards of Directors and advisory boards of several organizations including the Canadian Centre for International Justice, Canadian Lawyers Abroad, and the Honourary Board of Equitas. She was appointed President of the Quebec Human Rights Advisory Committee (Quebec Bar Association) in 2013.
Pearl Eliadis has published technical reports and publications for the United Nations and other organizations. She was retained in 2010 to work on a comparative study of best practices for National Human Rights Institutions in the areas of gender equality and women’s rights by the OSCE. Among her many publications is Equality For Women: A Handbook for National Human Rights Institutions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Federated Press’ legal practitioner’s journal, Charter and Human Rights Litigation, has co-edited three books, and written numerous articles on human rights.
Her new book is Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada's Human Rights System (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014).