François Crépeau has served since 2011 as the United Nations special rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants with his term coming to an end in 2017. In this capacity, Crépeau has conducted official visits to Albania, Greece, Italy, Malta, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Turkey, and the European institutions in Brussels and Vienna. He has produced thematic reports on subjects including the detention of migrants, the protection of migrants’ rights at the external borders of the European Union, climate change and migration, and global migration governance.
Crépeau is a full professor and the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer chair in public international law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Canada. He is also the director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and a guest professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He has attended many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, edited, or coedited nine books. He was the chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Procedures (2014–2015). He is an advocatus emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was a fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation from 2008 to 2011.