The Canadian Yearbook of Human Rights (CYHR) presents scholarly articles about, and documents annual developments on, human rights in and regarding Canada.  CYHR is an authoritative, bilingual (English and French) reference work on the intersection of human rights and Canada.

 Combining a yearly review of key developments in human rights in Canada, global human rights developments relevant to Canada, and Canada’s contribution to international human rights discourse, with high quality, refereed articles, the CYHR stands as a reference tool for practitioners and academics alike.

The CYHR contains comprehensive coverage with summaries, analysis, and commentary on the practice and developments of the main Canadian human rights agencies, decisions of Canadian and international tribunals and other authoritative bodies, and legislative enactments or other standard-setting as well as practice regarding human rights in Canada and internationally during a one year, calendar period.


The CYHR is produced in partnership with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa, and Human Rights Internet (HRI).


The CYHR is a comprehensive yearly publication of approximately 350 double-spaced pages in length. It is composed of three sections: the first two sections are peer-reviewed articles (one general, non-thematic section, and one special focus section with a number of articles pertaining to one or more particular, selected human rights issue(s)). The third section is the network-based reportage.

  1. General Section
    Peer-reviewed academic articles exploring and analysing contemporary human rights issues, chosen from submissions received.
  2. Special Section(s)
    A number of peer-reviewed academic articles exploring and analysing one or more particular human rights issue(s). The specific subject(s) will be chosen by the Editors from topical issues in human rights arising during the calendar year.
  3. Human Rights in Canada Reportage
    This section offers network-based reporting on different areas of human rights in Canada as a physical, comprehensible reference tool to be used by academics and practitioners alike. The Yearbook covers all or some of the following five areas within its reporting:
  • Public policy: Summaries and briefs on notable governmental policy work affecting human rights in Canada on the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels.
  • Legislative developments: Summaries and briefs on legislation (primary or secondary) affecting human rights in Canada on the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels.
  • Canadian Jurisprudence/Case-law: Summaries on leading cases decided within the year that treat directly or touch significantly Canadian law and practices on certain human rights.
  • Institutional developments: Summaries and briefs on the work of Canadian (Federal and Provincial or Municipal) human rights commissions, ombudspersons, offices or similar bodies and other institutions at all levels of government.
  • International developments: Summaries and briefs of Canada’s interactions with, and influences upon, the field of human rights on the international level. This includes Canada’s voice and interactions with/at the UN (including its agencies, bodies and related entities, such as UN special rapporteurs), regional or other IGOs (inter alia, the Commonwealth, OIF, OAS, OSCE), Canada’s political delegations/positions, relevant decisions and reports (including treaty-bodies), as well as status of relevant international instruments.