The Oppenheimer Chair, endowed in 2006, has been created through the generous support of Dr Tamar Oppenheimer, a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and an alumnus of our university, in order to bring a leading scholar and teacher in the field of public international law to the Faculty.
The purpose of the Chair is to reinforce a Canadian locus for the study and research of international law, with particular attention to the relationship between international legal obligations and domestic law.
Through his engagement in teaching and research in public international law, the chairholder will advance the understanding of theoretical and practical dimensions of the implementation of international treaty, customary and other obligations in domestic law with due regard to the constitutional setting in federal and unitary states.
ABOUT FRANCOIS CREPEAU (Current Holder of Oppenheimer Chair)
François Crépeau is United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. He holds the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at the McGill University Faculty of Law where he teaches Migration Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, and Constitutional Law.
The focus of his current research includes migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of security as it applies to migrants, and the Rule of Law in the face of globalization.
François Crépeau has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, directed or codirected eight books: Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11 – Terrorisme, Droit et Démocratie: 10 ans après le 11 septembre 2001 (2011), Recueil de droit des réfugiés: Instruments, Jurisprudences et Documents (The Refugee Law Reader) (fifth English edition 2008, first French edition 2010, second French edition 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) and Droit d’asile: De l’hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995).
He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection at Éditions Bruylant (Brussels), where 26 books have been published since 1997.
From 2001 to 2008, he was a professor at the Université de Montréal, holder of the Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law, and founding scientific director of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). From 1990 to 2001, he was a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Until 2011, he was a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and sat on the Barreau du Quebec’s Committee on Human Rights and Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He also served as vice-president of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation (now Equitas) (1992-2004) and director of the Revue québécoise de droit international (1996-2004). He participated in observer missions in the occupied Palestinian territories (2002) and in El Salvador (1991).
François Crépeau holds diplomas from McGill University (BCL and LLB), Bordeaux University (DEUG and Licence in law, Master’s in private law), Paris II University (DEA in sociological jurisprudence) and Paris I University (Ph.D. in law).
List of François Crépeau’s publications.
François Crépeau’s publications are available on the Social Science Research Network.
To find out more about François Crépeau’s work as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, please visit the website of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.