Bernard Duhaime
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Bernard Duhaime is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM, Montreal, Canada), where he teaches mainly international human rights law and specializes on the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights. He also serves as a Member and President of the Working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Bernard Duhaime is a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2017-2021). He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University (NYU School of Law, New York, United States). Previously, Mr Duhaime was a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He is a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada.

Pr Duhaime contributes to the defense and promotion of human rights since 1996. He has worked or collaborated with several international and national human rights agencies, having taken part to multiple observation and training missions, and having produced several institutional reports. He advises or has advised many human rights and indigenous peoples’ organizations, human rights defenders and attorneys, as well as international organizations and States. He regularly represents or assists victims and human rights defenders in several contentious cases before the Inter-American Human rights System, UN specialized agencies and mechanisms, the European Court of Human Rights, etc.

Pr Duhaime is the author of more than fifty publications and contributed to the following books: « The State on Trial: Policing Protest » (UBCP, 2015), «International law between constitutionalization and fragmentation: the role of law in the post-national constellation» (OUP, 2014), «Defending the Human Rights of Migrants in the Americas: The Nadège Dorzema et al v Dominican Republic Case» (Special Edition RQDI, 2013), « Canada in the Americas: Making a Difference?» (Special Edition Int’l J, 2012); «Protecting Human Rights in the Americas: The Inter-American Institutions at 60» (Special Edition RQDI, 2011); Donner droit de cité aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (Yvon Blais, 2011), Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (UNUP, 2010), Le particularisme interaméricain des droits de l’homme (Pedonne, 2009), Governing the Americas: Regional Institutions at the Crossroads (Lynne Rienner, 2007). He also co-signs the « Chronique de droit interaméricain » in the Canadian Yearbook of International law since 2013.

In Quebec, Pr Duhaime is a member of various research centers such as the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en développement international et société (UQAM), the Centre d’Étude sur le Droit International et la Mondialisation (UQAM), the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec (UQAM) and the Centre d’Études Interaméricaines (Laval University). He founded the Clinique Internationale de Défense des Droits Humains de l’UQAM and was its first director.

Also recognized by his peers abroad, Bernard Duhaime was the Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, United States), as well as the Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), the Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program of the Harvard Law School (Cambridge, United States) and Visiting researcher at the Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Acceso a la Información (CELE) at the Faculty of Law of Palermo University (Buenos Aires, Argentina).


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