Colleen Sheppard
McGill University
Human rightsPolitical scienceLawInternational human rights lawFundamental rights
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In this article, I explore the connections between Jordan’s Principle and reconciliation. The forced institutionalization of children during the residential schools era resonates with the fact that Jordan Anderson was institutionalized in a hospital and unable to live in his community during his short life. Ensuring that First Nations children are treated fairly and are secure in having their social, economic, educational, and health needs met is understandably a fundamental starting point for r...
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In two important unanimous judgments, Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) v Bombardier Inc (Bombardier Aerospace Training Centre) and Kahkewistahaw First Nation v Taypotat, the Supreme Court of Canada concluded that there was insufficient evidence of discrimination. Consequently, it dismissed both claims without requiring that the defendants justify the allegedly exclusionary criteria being challenged. While these cases arose in very different factual and l...
Cet article explore le sens et les complexites du concept de discrimination systemique en tant qu’outil de comprehension de l’exclusion et de l’inegalite dans les institutions de la vie quotidienne (ecoles, universites, lieux de travail). Il evalue certaines des difficultes rencontrees lors de l’adoption de differentes approches normatives pour reparer et prevenir la discrimination systemique organisationnelle. Cet article analyse plus precisement le modele du litige base sur des plaintes, les i...
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English Abstract: Socio-economic inequality and poverty constitute critical human rights challenges in an increasingly globalized world. Not only do they result in material inequities that affect everyday life; they also undermine psychological and social well-being. In this article, issues of economic injustice and social exclusion are examined through the lens of constitutional rights. It explores three different dimensions of the nexus between economic justice and constitutionalism, including...
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Introduction to Human Rights & Diverse Societies. Summary and overview of the following chapters.
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Over sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it has been widely observed that human rights resonate differently in various settings. This book addresses the timely and important question of how to understand human rights in a world of increasing diversity. The effects of globalization and the increasing mobility of persons and peoples have further deepened and multiplied the sites of interaction between different cultures, religions and ethnicities. These changes have been a...
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One of the greatest challenges of anti-discrimination law is institutionalized inequality. Recognized in law as systemic discrimination, it is embedded in processes, practices, norms, and relationships that reproduce and accentuate inequality. Legal recognition of the phenomenon, though of critical importance, has not led to effective remedies. Retroactive individual remedies are often too little, too late, following years of slow-moving and difficult litigation. Systemic, proactive laws have be...
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We live in a world characterized by multiple, overlapping and plural legal orders embracing formal and informal legal regimes, customs and practices. Legal protections for equality and protections against discrimination are found in a plurality of legal instruments, including international, regional, national, state and municipal human rights documents and institutional codes of conduct. Moreover, formal equality rights operate in social and cultural contexts that are deeply influenced by the cu...
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