Recent publications and detailed reading lists related to the study of human rights in Canada. Last updated in June 2020.
University of Pennsylvania Press, Studies in Human Rights (series).
Cambridge University Press, Human Rights in History
Georgetown University Press, Advancing Human Rights (series).
Stanford University Press, Stanford Studies in Human Rights
University of Wisconsin Press, Critical Human Rights (series).
University of California, Berkeley, Human Rights Syllabi for the College Classroom
Clément, Dominique. “Freedom of Information”: Implications for Historical Research“ Labour/Le travailleur 75 (Spring 2015).
Clément, Dominique. “The Sociology of Human Rights.” In Patrizia Albanese and Lorne Tepperman, eds. Reading Sociology (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016).
Clément, Dominique. “The Transformation of Security Planning for the Olympics: the 1976 Montreal Games.” Terrorism and Political Violence 27, 2 (2015): 1-25.
Clément, Dominique. “The Social Movement Society and the Human Rights State.” In Howard Ramos and Kathleen Rodgers, eds. The Social Movement Society: Possibilities and Realities (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).
Clément, Dominique. “Alberta’s Rights Revolution.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 26 (2013): 59-79.
Clément, Dominique. “The Rights Revolution in Canada and Australia: International Politics, Social Movements, and Domestic Law.” In Taking Liberties: A History of Human Rights in Canada, edited by Stephen Heathorn and David Goutor. 88-113. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Dixon, Rosalind. “The Supreme Court of Canada and Constitutional (Equality) Baselines.” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 50, no. 3 (2013): 637-669.
Eckel, Jan. “The International League for the Rights of Man, Amnesty International, and the Changing Fate of Human Rights Activism from the 1940s through the 1970s.” Humanity 4, no. 2 (2013): 183-214.
Mckercher, Asa. “Sound and Fury: Diefenbaker, Human Rights, and Canadian Foreign Policy.” Canadian Historical Review 97, 2 (2016): 165-194.
O’Sullivan, Kevin. “Civil War in El Salvador and the Origins of Rights-Based Humanitarianism.” Journal of Global History (2020): 1-20.
Radforth, Ian. “Collective Rights, Liberal Discourse, and Public Order: The Clash over Catholic Processions in Mid-Victorian Toronto.” Canadian Historical Review 95, no. 4 (2014): 511-45.
Songer, Donald R., Susan W. Johnson, and Jennifer Barnes Bowie. “Do Bills of Rights Matter? An Examination of Court Change, Judicial Ideology, and the Support Structure for Rights in Canada.” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 51, no. 1 (2013): 297-329.
Tunnicliffe, Jennifer. ““Life Together”: Public Debates over Human Rights Legislation in Ontario, 1975-1981.” Histoire Sociale/Social History 46, no. 92 (2013): 443-470.
Waldron, Mary Anne. Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
Armaline, William T., Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Pyrkayastha. The Human Rights Enterprise. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015.
Borovoy, A. Alan. At the Barricades: A Memoir. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013.
Cardenas, Sonia. Chains of Justice: The Global Rise of State Institutions for Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
Clément, Dominique. Human Rights in Canada: A History (WLU Press, 2016).
Clément, Dominique. Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, 1953-84. Vancouver: UBC Press/Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014.
Day, Shealgh, Lucie Lamarche, and Ken Norman, eds. 14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014.
Eckel, Jan, and Samuel Moyn, eds. The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
Eliadis, Pearl. Speaking out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System. Montreal-Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2014.
Fraser, Marian Botsford. Acting for Freedom: Fifty Years of Civil Liberties in Canada. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2014.
Goutor, David, and Stephen Heathorn, eds. Taking Liberties: The History of Human Rights in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Joas, Hans. The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2013.
Kulchinsky, Peter. Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights. Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2013.
Madsen, Mikael Rask, and Gert Verschraegen. eds. Making Human Rights Intelligible: Towards a Sociology of Human Rights. Portland: Hart Publishing, 2013.
Pitsula, James M. Keeping Canada British: The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan. Vancouer: UBC Press, 2013.
Poser, Norman S. Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
Posner, Eric A. The Twilight of Human Rights Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
The readings lists available on this site deal with a range of topics from human rights to biographies and specific events.