The human rights system in Canada has been the object of sustained debate and vehement criticism, based largely on widespread myths about how it works. Eliadis explodes these myths, analysing the pervasive distortions and errors on which they depend while exploring the system’s mandate to mediate conflicts in such contested areas as hate speech, religious freedoms, and sexuality.
In her frank assessment, she argues that misplaced critiques have prevented urgent and necessary reforms essential to fairness and equality before the law and to ensuring institutional independence, impartiality, and competence.
Pearl Eliadis practices law and teaches at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She has published extensively on human rights, public policy, and equality law.