Program Directors

Patrick Case

Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education

Ruth Goba

Former Founding Executive Director BLAC/ Former OHRC Interim Chief Commissioner

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A unique, practical program focused on assessing, balancing and resolving human rights issues.

This is your chance to hear from some of Canada’s leading experts at a time when addressing human rights has never mattered more.

Interpreting and applying human rights legislation presents a complex and often unique set of challenges. The Osgoode Certificate in Human Rights Theory & Practice, designed specifically for lawyers, human rights and human resources professionals, will give you the knowledge to correctly apply the appropriate regulatory framework to protect your organization, your employees and yourself.

The increased focus on human rights as evidenced by the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements has served to underscore the importance of being able to understand and, more importantly, apply human rights concepts in today’s rapidly changing world. A stellar faculty of practicing lawyers, human rights professionals and academics will address key themes along with giving you the skills you need to competently and confidently handle human rights issues

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

Theories of rights and theories of discrimination

The duty to accommodate in relation to gender, disability, religion/creed, family status and other human rights grounds

The interplay between human rights legislation and other related legislative regimes

How to address competing rights

Strategic decision-making skills to resolve complaints through informal or formal processes

Understand the role of human rights agencies (Commissions, Tribunals, Advocacy Centres) and the Courts

How to identify and resolve ethical issues and issues of fairness in human rights matters

What remedies are available, including damages and innovative solutions crafted by human rights tribunals

Approaches for dealing with the aftermath of a human rights complaint

Who Should Attend

Human Rights Professionals

Human Resource Professionals

Human Rights Lawyers

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professionals

Employment and Labour Law Practitioners

Legal Aid Lawyers

In-house Counsel

Trade Union Representatives

Nancy Sims

Director, Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity, Humber College

“The five days of intensive sessions were most rewarding. As a human rights practitioner, I got the opportunity to deepen my theoretical understanding of human rights law in Canada. Simultaneously, I gathered new skills in promoting the prevention of human rights violations at the post-secondary level…. Thanks to Pat Case for his vision and having the courage to step into the ‘gap’.”


Program Directors

Patrick Case

Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education

Ruth Goba

Former Founding Executive Director BLAC/ Former OHRC Interim Chief Commissioner

Advisory Board

Antonella Ceddia

Litigation and Lead Human Rights Lawyer, City of Toronto, Legal Services Division

Shelagh Day

President & Senior Editor, Canadian Human Rights Reporter

Fo Niemi

Executive Director, Centre for Research Action on Race Relations (CRAAR)

Dora Nipp

Human Rights Education & Change Specialist, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Susan Ursel

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkins LLP

Laura Mae Lindo

Former Director, Diversity and Equity Office, Wilfrid Laurier University

“What a phenomenal program! Each day has led us into a much richer understanding of such important issues and ideas.”

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Certificate of Program Completion

In order to receive an Osgoode Certificate, participants must complete all program modules, and pass the multiple choice online exam.

CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Substantive27h 35m
Professionalism1h 15m
EDI3h 10m

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