Summary

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).

Work History

Work History

May 2006 - Present

Law Office of Pearl Eliadis
Pearl Eliadis' law pratice focuses on human rights and international law, national institutions and democratic governance. National Institutions: Pearl Eliadis has been retained by governments and international, multilateral and non-governmental organizations to provide advice and expert advice on establishing and strengthening national institutions (human rights, ombuds and transitional justice institutions, as well as a national cultural centre focusing on human rights). She has extensive experience in organizational development, strategic planning and evaluations of national institutions. She has been retained by NGOs and and supported capacity development in post-conflict countries and emerging democracies.

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Prior to her current practice, Pearl was Senior Research Director at the federal government's Policy Research Initiative (now known as Policy Horizons Canada) and as a senior advisor to the United Nations to the Human Rights Commission and the Unity and Reconciliation Commission in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide. Before that, Pearl was Director of Policy and Education at the Ontario Human Rights Commission for six years and prior to that, was formerly President of Equitas (then the Canadian Human Rights Foundation), Canada’s leading human rights education organization, from 1990-1995. 

Education

Education

B.Sc

McGill University
Aug 1985 - May 1986

B.C.L.

University of Oxford
Sep 1981 - Jun 1985

B.C.L., LL.B.

McGill University

Certifications

Certifications

Member

Law Society of Upper Canada

Member

Barreau du Québec