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International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law

Overview

The International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law, the ICIRiL, promotes and supports research on law, human rights, the rule of law and democracy on the one hand, and cultural diversity on the other hand. It builds on the work undertaken since 1993 by Personne, culture et droits, an international interdisciplinary research team which was an important contributor to an ongoing international dialogue on the universality of human rights and their implementation in a context of cultural diversity.

The ICIRiL works in an interdisciplinary context with social, political and university actors to conduct research projects in a North-South context where the ideals of the universality of human rights, the rule of law, democracy and the respect of cultural diversity come into play.

Human rights and their claim to universal validity are often criticised as products of Western culture by those who seek to attach greater importance to indigenous cultural values. This conflict between universality and diversity lies is at the heart of the relations of the Western world with the Muslim and Arab worlds and with other developing countries. A better understanding of the underlying factors which allowed human rights to take hold in the Western world should allow us to understand the how culture can both facilitate and obstruct the implementation of human rights regimes in other countries. Studying cultural diversity in the legal context should also help us to understand those human rights that are only cultural practices.

 

Research Programs

  • Encyclopédie de théorie juridique
  • Democracy, elections and culture
  • Rule of law and freedom of religion
  • Poverty, homelessness and migration

Director of the ICIRL

Henri Pallard

Professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University

 

Laurentian University

Rachid Bagaoui

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Laurentian University

 

Dale Brawn

Associate Professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University

 

Michel Giroux

Associate Professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University

 

Carol Kauppi

Professor, School of Social Work, Laurentian University

 

Aurélie Lacassagne

Associate Professor, Departement of Political Science, Laurentian University

 

Ali Reguigui

Professor, Department of French Studies, Laurentian University

 

Jorge Virchez

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Laurentian University

 

Adjunct Professeurs

Hassan Abdelhamid

Professor, Faculty de Droit, Ain Chams University, Cairo, Egypt; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Stéphane Bauzon

Maître de conférences habilité la recherche, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Souhayma Ben Achour

Professor, Faculty of Law, Jendouba University, Jendouba, Tunisia; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Yadh Ben Achour

Ancien doyen et Professeur agrégé, Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales, Université de Carthage, Tunis, Tunisie; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Jean-Marie Breton

Professeur des Universités et Directeur du Centre de Recherches et d’Études Juridiques sur l’Environnement, le Tourisme et l’Aménagement, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Jean-Luc Chabot

Professeur des Universités, Faculté de droit, Université Pierre Mendès France (Grenoble 2), Grenoble, France; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Paulo Ferreira da Cunha

Professor Catedrático, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Sébastien Lebel-Grenier

Associate Professor, Vice-dean Research and Graduate Studies, President of SODRUS (Société, Droit et Religion de l’Université de Sherbrooke), University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (Quebec); Canada, Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Bjarne Melkevik

Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University, Québec (Québec), Canada; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Jiayou Shi

Faculty de droit, Renmin University, Beijing, China; Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Stamatios Tzitzis

Director of research, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, France; Associate Director, Institute of Criminology of Paris, Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), France, Adjunct professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario), Canada

 

Visiting Professor and Inaugural conference of the ICIRL

El Houssain Abouchi

Professeur habilité, Faculté des sciences juridiques, Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Maroc

Publications by PCD

Henri Pallard et Stamatios Tzitzis (dir.), Droits fondamentaux et spécificités culturelles, L’Harmattan, Paris, 1997. www.editions-harmattan.fr

Pierre Arsac, Jean-Luc Chabot et Henri Pallard, État de droit, droits fondamentaux et diversité culturelle, L’Harmattan, Paris, 1999. www.editions-harmattan.fr

Henri Pallard et Stamatios Tzitzis (dir.), Minorités, culture et droits fondamentaux, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2001. www.editions-harmattan.fr

Henri Pallard et Stamatios Tzitzis (dir.), Les Droits fondamentaux devant la mondialisation, coll. Diké, Presses de l’Université Laval, Québec, 2003. http://www.ulaval.ca/pul/

 

Books in which other articles by PCD were published

Jacques-Yvan Morin (dir), Les Droits fondamentaux, Éditions Bruylant, Bruxelles, 1997. www.bruylant.be

Jacques-Yvan Morin et Ghislain Otis (dir.), Défis des libertés et droits fondamentaux, Éditions Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2000. www.bruylant.be

Gérard Chianéa (dir.), 2001, L'Odyssée des droits de l'Homme, 3 volumes, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2003. www.editions-harmattan.fr