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Pearl Eliadis is a human rights lawyer in private practice in Montreal. She has successfully led complex, global projects dealing national human rights institutions, capacity assessment, and women’s rights. With more than twenty years’ experience in democratic governance and public policy, Pearl has been retained by institutional and multilateral clients including the United Nations, and the European Commission and the OSCE in China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste.

Pearl is Adjunct Professor at McGill’s Faculty of Law and a Full Member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal. She serves as co-chair for the Canadian Centre for International Justice. Pearl is President of the Quebec Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee and has published extensively on human rights and governance issues. She serves as an editor for the Kirsch Institute’s Global Justice Journal. Her monograph, Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System, was named one of the best books in 2014, winning the 2015 Huguenot Society of Canada Award for freedom of expression and conscience. She was named senior fellow of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and a Human Rights Changemaker by Equitas.

Work experience


Adjunct Professor

Faculty of Law McGill University 

Civil Liberties 

May 2006Present

Human Rights Lawyer

Law Office of Pearl Eliadis

Pearl Eliadis' law practice focuses on human rights and international law, national institutions and democratic governance. 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.


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.  She has also worked with a national philanthropic foundation and with one of Canada's leading national law firms. 



McGill University
Aug 1985May 1986


University of Oxford
Sep 1981Jun 1985

B.C.L., LL.B.

McGill University



Law Society of Upper Canada


Barreau du Québec

New Publication

Day of Dissent 2012

Affiliations and Appointments

2017            Senior Fellow, Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre (Montreal)

                     Trustee, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy (Washington D.C.)

   Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law McGill University 


2016             Co-Chair, Canadian Centre for International Justice

    President, Barreau du Quebec, Human Rights Committee 

    Expert, Rapid Responses in Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP DG Roster

     Faculty International Program for Development Evaluation Training  (Carleton University/World Bank) 2014-        2016


2013             President, Barreau du Québec, Human Rights Committee  ( - present)

    Philippe Kirsch Institute, Faculty Member 

    Human Rights Expert (UNDP- DG Roster)

    International Human Rights Training Program, Facilitator (2013 -present) Equitas


2012           Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism - Full Member

  Clinical Supervisor, University of Toronto (Human rights program)

                    Interdisciplinary Network on Discrimination and Inclusion (McGill Faculty of Law)


2011            Human Rights Advisory Council, Canadian Museum for Human Rights (2011-2013)


2009         Appointed to Quebec Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee (Consultative Committee)