While on sabbatical from the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Québec (UQAM, in Montreal, Canada) in 2011, where he is a professor of international law, Bernard Duhaime was the Canada - US Fulbright Visiting Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, United States) and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program (Cambridge, United States).
Duhaime teaches mainly international human rights law and specializes on the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights. He has been involved with the defense and promotion of human rights since 1996, having worked or collaborated with several international and national human rights agencies, having participated in several on-site observation and training missions, and having produced numerous institutional reports. Duhaime has advised or currently advises several human rights and indigenous peoples’ organizations, human rights defenders and attorneys, as well as international organizations and States. He is involved in various human cases, representing or assisting victims and human rights defenders before the Inter-American System, the UN bodies, the European Court of Human Rights, etc.
Duhaime has produced several publications in his area of expertise, contributing to Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (United Nations University Press, 2010), L’exceptionnalisme interaméricain des droits de l’homme (Pedonne, 2009), Governing the Americas: Regional Institutions at the Crossroads (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007) and to the yearly review of the case law of the Inter-American Human Rights System in the Quebec Journal of International Law, amongst others.
Duhaime is a member of several research centers, including of the Center for the Study of International Law and Globalization (UQAM), the Observatory of the Americas (UQAM) and of the Center for Inter-American Studies (Laval University). He is the former director and founder of UQAM’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights. Before joining UQAM’s Law Faculty, Duhaime was staff attorney at the Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He is a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada.