Two researchers direct the project work Social Rights in Canada / CURA Quebec stream.   Lucie Lamarche , director of the Gordon Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa is the academic partner, Vincent Greason , the Round Table OVEP of the Outaouais is the community partner. Quebec researchers follow the current and emerging practices in human rights especially in relation to their impact in Québec. Their research focuses on several key dimensions of social rights practice:

Quebec component

The restructuring and contracting out of the state in Quebec has a major impact on economic and social rights of citizens. Work in progress includes following the evaluation of the Act to combat against poverty (2002) and its aftermath, including developments such as territorialization, privatization and downloading to communities. Another subject of research is the redefinition of Quebec's  Human Rights Commission.

Read more about this initiative (French only).

International component

In support of the  Ligue des droits et libertés du Québec, Quebec researchers contribute to the analysis of positions taken by the Quebec government vis-à-vis its international responsibilities, including the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural (ICESCR) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).  Researchers are also examining the impact of trade agreements on human rights.


Major efforts, both in Quebec and internationally, are currently focused on the use of indicators to "measure" progress in the realization of human rights. The use of this medium in the formulation and implementation of public policy is an outgrowth of the New Public Management (NPM) which characterizes Quebec modernized. Researchers are considering the effect of the new focus on indicators on social rights practice and on the realization of social rights in Quebec.

Research Topics


Quebec component

The Law to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion

Act to combat against poverty and social exclusion

Territorialisation and its Impact on Human Rights

Human Rights and the City

  • Lucie Lamarche, « Le droit à la Ville «Made in Québec»: un exercice de gouvernance marqué par le pragmatisme ? Le cas de Montréal », Laboratoire de recherché sur la gouvernance publique: territoire et communication, colloque largotec, presentee a l’Université de Paris XII-Val-de-Marne, 13, 14 et 15 décembre 2007.
  • Human Rights and the City Lecture Series

Privatization and Human Rights

La Fondation Chagnon

Communities and Human Rights

The Human Rights Commission

International Research Stream

Indicators and Human Rights

Indicators and the Measurement of Poverty


    Lucie Lamarche, émissions radiophoniques hebdomadaires au 90,7 (Radio Canada – Ottawa/Gatineau), 2008 -

    Lucie Lamarche, conférence sur le régime d’assurance chômage, CRO, février 2009

    Vincent Greason, Fondation Chagnon, power-point, septembre 2009

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