Dominique Clement

Dominique Clément is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta and a member of the Royal Society of Canada (CNSAS). He is the author of Canada’s Rights Revolution, Equality Deferred, Human Rights in Canada, and Debating Rights Inflation. He is also the co-editor for Alberta’s Human Rights Story and Debating Dissent. Clément has been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Belgium, China and the United Kingdom, and is the author of numerous articles on the history of human rights, social movements, women’s history, foreign policy and labour history. He has consulted for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Canadian Committee on Women’s History. His websites, and, serve as research and teaching portals on the study of human rights and social movements in Canada.

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, 1953-84. (University of British Columbia Press. 2014), 332 pp.


Other Legal History Publications

Debating Rights Inflation in Canada (WLU Press, 2018).

Human Rights in Canada: A History (WLU Press, 2016).

Canada’s Rights Revolution: Social Movements and Social Change, 1937-1982 (UBC Press, 2008).

“Human Rights or Social Justice: The Problem of Rights Inflation.” International Journal of Human Rights 22, 2 (2018): 155-69.

“Renewing Human Rights Law in Canada.” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 54, 4 (2017): 1311-1340.

“Freedom of Information”: Implications for Historical Research.” Labour/Le travailleur 75 (Spring 2015): 101-131.

“Alberta’s Rights Revolution.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 26, 1 (2013): 59-79.

“‘I Believe in Human Rights, Not Women’s Rights’: Women and the Human Rights State, 1969-1984” Radical History Review 101 (Spring 2008): 107-129.

“The Royal Commission on Espionage and the Spy Trials of 1946-9: A Case Study in Parliamentary Supremacy” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 11 (2000): 151-172.

“Sex Discrimination in Canadian Law: From Equal Citizenship to Human Rights Law,” in Lyndsay Campbell, Ted McCoy and Mélanie Methot, eds., Canada’s Legal Past: Looking Forward, Looking Back (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2020).