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Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of current knowledge. Previous editions of the academy featured lectures by Amartya Sen, Philip Alston, Theodor Meron, Mary Robinson, Bruno Simma, Jeremy Waldron, Olivier De Schutter, Miloon Kothari, Branko Milanović, Kate Pickett and Heisoo Shin among others.

The 2018 Venice Academy of Human Rights will focus on “Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights”. Professor François Crépeau, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017, current Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University, Canada and recently appointed 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor at Université catholique de Louvain will act as the Academic and Scientific Coordinator of the Academy.

EIUC is honored to welcome back Professor Crépeau to the Monastery of San Nicolò which he first visited in 2014 as part of the faculty of the Venice School of Human Rights where he taught within the cluster on “People on the Move and their Human Rights: the Internalisation of Migration Law and the Role of the EU”. 

Academic Coordinator

Prof. François Crépeau - Global Campus

Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law

Prof. François Crépeau

François Crépeau is Full Professor and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, as well as the Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He is the 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor Chair at Université catholique de Louvain, in collaboration with six other Belgian universities, and has been a guest professor at the Université catholique de Louvain every year since 2010. He was the 2016-2017 Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Visiting Professor of Human Rights Chair at Georgetown University (Washington, DC).

He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants between 2011 and 2017. In this capacity, he has conducted official visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy (two times), Greece (two times), Qatar, Sri Lanka, Malta, the European institutions in Brussels and Vienna (several times), Angola, Australia and Nauru. He has also produced several thematic reports: the detention of migrants, the protection of migrants’ rights at the external borders of the European Union (two times), climate change and migration, global migration governance (two times), labour exploitation of migrants, labour recruitment practices, trade agreements and migration. He was the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Procedures (2014-2015).

He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (NY). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (Montreal). He is a member of several editorial boards: Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, Refuge, Droits fondamentaux, European Journal of Human Rights, Inter Gentes – McGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and an Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association. He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection (29 books published to date) at Éditions Bruylant-Larcier (Brussels).

He has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, edited or coedited ten books: Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law (2017). Human Rights & Diverse Societies (2014), Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11 – Terrorisme, Droit et Démocratie : 10 ans après le 11 septembre 2001 (2012), Recueil de droit des réfugiés: Instruments, Jurisprudences et Documents (The Refugee Law Reader) (1re éd. 2010, 2e éd. 2012), Les migrations internationales contemporaines – Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalisation (2009), Penser l'international, Perspectives et contributions des sciences sociales (2007), Forced Migration and Global Processes - A View from Forced Migration Studies (2006), Les juridictions internationales: complémentarité ou concurrence ? (2005), Mondialisation des échanges et fonctions de l'État (1997), Droit d'asile : De l'hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995).


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