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14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions

Today, many human rights commissions are threatened or are no longer in existence. This book argues in support of our human rights institutions, including the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. These arguments debunk current challenges to our human rights commissions and tribunals. Further, they chronicle the ways in which governments have backed away from the project of growing a culture of human rights, and of maintaining the role of human rights commissions to promote and protect human rights. In sum, this book will help readers to evaluate criticism of human rights institutions so that Canadians can strengthen current systems and ensure that they are responding to today’s problems in the field of human rights.

Shelagh Day

Shelagh Day is an expert on human rights with many years of experience working with governments and non-governmental organizations, the President and Senior Editor of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, as well as a Director of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre in Vancouver.

Lucie Lamarche

Lucie Lamarche is a professor of law at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). She is the former Gordon F Henderson Chair in Human Rights and the former Research Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa.

Ken Norman

Ken Norman is a professor of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Introduction to a collection of positive and negative reflections on the state of human rights institutions in Canada. ; ; 15 $1.50

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Discussion of the nature and extent of government hostility to human rights and human rights institutions, and the capacities that human rights commissions, in particular, have to address … 35 $3.50

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Discussion of the role and obligations of governments and their legal representatives, as interpreters and shapers of human rights law, when they are engaged in statutory human rights litigation. 32 $3.20

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Examination of the enactment of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code in 1979. 24 $2.40

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Discussion responding to misunderstandings and criticisms about the role and legitimacy of human rights commissions and tribunals. 27 $2.70

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Discussion of the gatekeeping function of human rights commissions, using 2011 amendments to The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code as a case study. 27 $2.70

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Examination of Ontario’s shift from a commission based system to a direct access model of human rights. 22 $2.20

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Discussion of the principles and criteria for the establishment and governance of National Human Rights Institutions declared in Paris in 1991. 16 $1.60

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Personal reflections on a 25-year campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace. 28 $2.80

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Discussion of the implications of framing sexual or racial or other kinds of discriminatory harassment in the workplace as psychological harassment. 42 $4.20

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Discussion of hate speech regulation in Canada and public attacks on human rights laws and institutions. 24 $2.40

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Discussion of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s involvement in responding to racial profiling by police. 23 $2.30

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Discussion of the concept of social profiling generally, and social profiling in Montréal as a form of systemic discrimination induced by law enforcement authorities’ official … 30 $3.00

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Discussion of the policy of the Ontario Human Rights Commission to competing human rights claims. 23 $2.30

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Discussion of the potential of cultural institutions to bridge the gap between inspiration and cynicism found in human rights discourses. ; 20 $2.00

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List of books, periodicals, reports, and other publications relating to human rights. ; ; 3 $0.30