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This one-of-a-kind Certificate is a unique program providing an interactive opportunity to assess human rights issues and discuss practical strategies and solutions with your colleagues and learn from an expert, multi-disciplinary faculty.

Designed specifically for those working in the education sector, the Osgoode Certificate in Human Rights for Education Professionals will give you the knowledge you need to deal with these critical and challenging issues in your organization.

Taught by a highly distinguished faculty of lawyers, human rights professionals and leading academics, the following key themes will be addressed:

Module 1

  • Theories of Rights
  • The Human Rights Revolution
  • Understanding Theories of Discrimination
  • The Bigger Picture: Exploring the Substantive Purposes of Human Rights in Canada
  • A Human Rights Response to Anti-Black Racism in Education
  • Disability Rights: Accommodation and Accessibility
  • The Duty to Accommodate: Theory and Practice
  • Intersectionality
  • Competing Rights
  • Handling Human Rights Complaints

Module 2

  • Indigenous Rights in Public Education
  • Role Play Simulation: Exploring Systemic Discrimination
  • Significant Pressure Points in Public Education
  • Cross Board Issues and Solutions
  • Bringing Board Action Plans to Life: Strategies for Success


Program Chair

  • Patrick Case, LSM, LLB, LLM, Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education


  • Jewel Amoah, Human Rights and Equity Advisor, Halton District School Board
  • Anthony Anirud, Human Rights Commissioner, York Region District School Board
  • Nick Bertrand, Education Officer, Indigenous Education and Well-Being Division, Indigenous Education Office, Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Patrick Case, LSM, LLB, LLM, Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Patricia D’Heureux, Cavalluzzo LLP
  • Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Atonino Giambrone, Education Officer, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Ruth Goba, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Lori Mishibinijima, Manager, Indigenous Initiatives & Reconciliation, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Jacquelin Pegg, Senior Policy Advisor, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Jeff Poirier, Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Bruce B. Ryder, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Vidya Shah, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
  • Knia Singh, Ma’at Legal Services
  • Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Kimberley Tavares, Education Officer, Education Equity Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Alice Te, Coordinator-Equity & Women’s Services, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
  • Susan Ursel, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Grace Vaccarelli, Human Rights Lawyer and Investigator

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 90 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Substitutions and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Lawyer

Myrsini Zacharakis - mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 26-27 & April 9-10, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$1,995 + HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

In the education sector:

  • Human Rights Professionals
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Human Rights Lawyers
  • Employment and Labour Law Practitioners
  • Legal Aid Lawyers · In-House Counsel
  • Education Union Representatives
  • Education Associations
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professionals
  • Disability and Return to Work Managers
  • Human Rights and Equity Consultants
  • Human Rights Commission/Human Rights Tribunal Staff

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Here’s what participants had to say:

“The Human Rights Law for Educators certificate course was nothing short of amazing!  As a human rights lawyer, I found the material to be incredibly engaging and thought-provoking. Thank you very much for the hard work that you do on a daily basis to make programs like this available for human rights advocates.”
-Lavinia Latham B.A.(Hons.), J.D.
Equity and Human Rights Advisor, Toronto Catholic District School Board

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