Clément, Dominique

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
4-24 Tory Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H4

Office Phone: 780-492-4316
Fax: 780-492-7196



Employment and Training:

Queen's University (B.A.H.)
University of British Columbia (M.A.)
Memorial University of Newfoundland (PhD)
University of Sydney, Australia (Visiting Scholar)
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (Postdoctoral Fellow)
University of Victoria, B.C. (Assistant Professor & Postdoctoral Fellow) 

Research Expertise    

Human Rights (international or domestic law and activism)
Social Movements and Social Justice
Women’s History
Law and Society
Canada and Australia Comparative
Labour Studies

General Fields

Social Policy
Historical Sociology
Research Methods
Comparative Research

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Recent Publications:


Dominique Clément, Canada’s Rights Revolution: Social Movements and Social Change, 1937-1982 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008). [Winner, Canadian Sociological Association’s John Porter Book Award]




Lara Campbell, Dominique Clément and Greg Kealey, eds. Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).




Dominique Clément and Renée Vaugeois, eds. Alberta's Human Rights Story: The Search for Equality and Justice (Edmonton: John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, 2012).




David Churchill, Dominique Clément, Karen Dubinsky, Ian Hudson, Esyllt Jones, Mary-Ellen Kelm, Mark Leir, Steven Maynard, Sean Mills, Debra Parkes, Adele Perry. People's Citizenship Guide: A Response to Conservative Canada (Winnipeg: Arbeiter Publishing, 2012).



Dominique Clément. Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia's Human Rights State, 1953-1984 (Vancouver: UBC Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014).

Dominique Clément, Canada's Human Rights History (Waterloo: WLU Press, TBA).

Books (Forthcoming)

  • Dominique Clément. Rights Inflation and the Crisis of Canada's Rights Culture (Waterloo: WLU Press) (under review)
  • Dominique Clément. A History of Second-Wave Feminism in Canada (in-progress)


  • Dominique Clément. " International Terrorism and the Olympics: Security Planning for Montreal’s 1976 Summer Games." Terrorism and Political Violence (under review).

  • Dominique Clément. "Sex Discrimination in Canadian Law: From Equal Citizenship to the Human Rights State," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (under review).

  • Dominique Clément. “’Freedom’ of Information in Canada: Implications for Historical Research.” Labour/Le Travail 73 (Winter 2015).

  • Phil Boyle, Dominique Clément and Kevin D. Haggerty. “Iterations of Olympic Security: Montreal and Vancouver.” Security Dialogue 45, 5 (2014): 1-17.

  • Dominique Clément. “The Social Movement Society and the Human Rights State.” In Howard Ramos and Kathleen Rodgers, eds. The Social Movement Society: Possibilities and Realities (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).

  • Dominique Clément. “The Rights Revolution in Canada and Australia: International Politics, Social Movements, and Domestic Law.” In Stephen Heathorn and David Goutor, eds. Taking Liberties: The History of Human Rights in Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2013).

  • Dominique Clément. “The Legacy and Implications of Human Rights Law in Canada.” Canadian Issues Special Edition: Constituting Identities, the Charter of Rights and Federalism (Spring 2013): 46-50.

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

  • Dominique Clément (with Will Silver and Dan Trottier). “The Evolution of Human Rights in Canada.” Ottawa: Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2012.

  • Dominique Clément. “Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and the Newfoundland Human Rights State.” Acadiensis 41, 1 (2012): 102-127.

  • Dominique Clément. “Human Rights in Canadian Domestic and Foreign Politics: From ‘Niggardly Acceptance’ to Enthusiastic Embrace.” Human Rights Quarterly 34, 3 (August 2012): 751-778.

  • Lara Campbell and Dominique Clément. “Time, Age, Myth: Towards a History of the Sixties.” in Lara Campbell, Dominique Clément and Greg Kealey, eds. Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012): 1-23.

  • Dominique Clément. “Human Rights Milestones: Alberta’s Rights Revolution.” In Dominique Clément, ed., Alberta's Human Rights Story: The Search for Equality and Justice (Edmonton: John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, 2012): 1-40.

  • Dominique Clément. “Generational Change and Writing Canadian History: Obstacles to an Inclusive National History.” Canadian Issues: Faire comprendre la réalité francophone canadienne: le defi de renforcer l'identité par l'enseignement de l'histoire (Summer 2011): 75-78.

  • Dominique Clément. “‘Self-Perpetuating Grievance Machines’: Human Rights Law and Sexual Discrimination in British Columbia, 1953-1984.” In Sara Carter, Alvin Finkel and Peter Fortna, eds., The West and Beyond (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2010): 297-325.

  • Dominique Clément. “Generations and the Transformation of Social Movements in Post-war Canada” Histoire Sociale/Social History 42, 84 (2009): 361-388. [Reprinted in Modern Canada: 1945-Present (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014)]

  • Dominique Clément. “‘Rights Without the Sword Are But Mere Words’: The Limits of Canada’s Modern Rights Revolution,” in Janet Miron, ed., A History of Human Rights in Canada: Essential Issues (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2009): 43-60.

  • Dominique Clément. “The October Crisis of 1970: Human Rights Abuses Under the War Measures Act” Journal of Canadian Studies 42, 2 (Spring 2008): 160-186. [Reprinted in Québec Since 1945: Selected Readings (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011)]
  • Dominique Clément. “‘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.

  • Dominique Clément. An Exercise in Futility? Regionalism, State Funding and Ideology as Obstacles to the Formation of a National Social Movement Organization in Canada.” BC Studies 146 (Summer 2005): 63-91.

  • Dominique Clément. “’It is Not the Beliefs but the Crime that Matters:’ Post-War Civil Liberties Debates in Canada and Australia” Labour History 86 (May 2004): 1-32. 

  • Dominique Clément. “Searching for Rights in the Age of Activism: The Newfoundland-Labrador Human Rights Association, 1968-1982” Newfoundland Studies 19, 2 (Spring 2003): 347-372.  [ISER Prize Winner

  • Dominique Clément. “Spies, Lies and a Commission, 1946-8: A Case Study in the Mobilization of the Canadian Civil Liberties Movement” Left History 7, 2 (2001): 53-79.

  • Dominique Clément. “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.

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