Daniel Cerqueira (HRREC Partner)
The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) has been an important ally of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), as we have joined forces to work on human rights in Latin America. In partnership with the Human Rights Clinic of the HRREC, we have filed different amicus curiae to the highest courts in Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to advocate in favour of Indigenous Peoples. Our submissions have focused on International and Comparative legal standards to assure the rights to land, territory and free, prior and informed consent. We have participated in hearings before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, particularly on the responsibility of Home States like Canada to assure that mining corporations do not affect human rights. DPLF looks forward to work with the HRREC this coming year.
Senior Program Officer
Due Process of Law Foundation
Pearl Eliadis (HRREC Partner)
The HRREC provides exemplary leadership and essential support in the field of human rights, a powerful combination allows the Centre to punch well above its weight. The HRREC’s work has had impact on and created leverage for initiatives that make a difference at the local, national and global levels. I can personally attest to the Centre’s extraordinary commitment and contribution to projects ranging from the protection of civil society in Canada to supporting human rights defenders in Cameroon in collaboration with a wide range of partners.
Human Rights Lawyer
Adjunct Professor, Law Faculty, McGill University
Full Member, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Catherine Gribbin (HRREC Partner)
Collaborating with the HRREC has resulted in a highly successful Summer School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for over a decade. The commitment of its staff to profiling key humanitarian issues impacting those most affected by armed conflict around the world has resulted in outstanding public engagement. Canadians across the country continue to engage in learning about IHL through the summer school which remains a unique learning opportunity offered nowhere else in Canada.
Senior Legal Advisor
Canadian Red Cross
Salvador Herencia (HRREC Student Member)
The HRREC has provided the opportunity to engage in different human right issues around the world, expanding my current doctoral research. Through the Human Rights Clinic, students like me, have been able to work with UN mandate holders, NGOs and Canadian institutions granting us the possibility to understand the complexities of fulfilling human rights. For example, it has been rewarding to know that the first ever hearing regarding attacks to academic freedom in the Americas held by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in its 60 years of existence, was spearheaded by our Centre. Students that are part of the Human Rights Clinic have been accepted to do summer internships before the International Criminal Court and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. As we start the new academic year, I believe that we will have more news of our students reaching new heights.
Ph.D. Candidate in Law, Faculty of Law
Director, Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Research and Education Centre
University of Ottawa
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini (HRREC Partner)
We live in times when global issues are local, and not only a multi-disciplinary approach but also a mutli-sectoral approach is needed to understand and address issues of human rights. Every sector that is engaged in such issues from governments and multilateral bodies to NGOs, think tanks and academia recognizes this need for collaborative work, but most institutions are still grappling with the practicalities of how to partner with others. Meanwhile the University of Ottawa's Human Rights Research and Education Center (HRREC) is already pioneering such work. In 2018 HRREC partnered with ICAN to host the first ever gender and inclusive mediation certificate course for practitioners. We combined field practitioners from 15 countries with the center's experts to enable a rich exchange and mutual learning space.
The Center has also been leading efforts to host activists at risk, ensuring that their skills and knowledge can be shared with scholars and students, while also enabling them to benefit from the richness of a global academic center. It has been a personal and professional privilege to work with Prof John Packer. I look forward to continued collaboration and wish that the center goes from strength to strength.
SANAM NARAGHI ANDERLINI
Founder & CEO
International Civil Society Action Network