Program Directors

Patrick Case

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

Ruth Goba

Former Interim Chief Commissioner, OHRC/Consultant

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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 and Practice, now in its 11th year, was designed specifically for lawyers, human rights and human resources professionals, and 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, Indigenous rights and the most recent fall-out arising from conflict in the Middle East 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 the key themes in this comprehensive certificate program.

What You’ll Learn

Theories of rights and theories of discrimination

The objectives and administration of human rights laws in Canada

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

Addressing competing rights

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

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

Identifying and resolving ethical issues and issues of fairness in human rights matters


Dealing with the aftermath of a human rights complaint

Plus! Program returning to its original in-person only format! Don’t miss your chance to network with your peers and our stellar faculty.

Who Should Attend

Human Rights Professionals

Human Resources Professionals

Human Rights Lawyers

Employment and Labour Law Practitioners

In-House Counsel

Trade Union Representatives

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Officers

Disability and Return to Work

Human Rights and Equity


Program Directors

Patrick Case

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

Ruth Goba

Former Interim Chief Commissioner, OHRC/Consultant

Advisory Board

Antonella Ceddia

Executive General Counsel & Head of Legal Services, Toronto Catholic District School Board

Shelagh Day

Former 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

Susan Ursel

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkins LLP


Manju Varma

Executive Director of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, Nova Scotia Community College

“Great speakers with a variety of knowledge. I liked the way the topics covered different perspectives and went beyond Ontario. ”


View the 2024 program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. A detailed agenda for the upcoming program will be available soon.


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$3,595 + TAX


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Certificate Requirements

To receive an Osgoode Certificate, you must attend all five days of the program and successfully complete the post-program multiple choice test by June 10, 2024.

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.”

CPD and Accreditation

Please Note

Final CPD accreditation has yet to be confirmed. The hours below are for the 2024 iteration of the program and should be used as an estimate only. Confirmed hours will be available soon.

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
Contact us for inquiries about other provinces.
Substantive27h 15m
Professionalism1h 15m
EDI3h 15m
Total31h 45m

Are you reporting hours from a previous date?

View our CPD & Accreditation page to see previously calculated hours for this course.

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