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The Observatory in a nutshell
The International Observatory on Language Rights was launched in 2010. It is one of two research centres at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Moncton; the other one is the Centre de traduction et de terminologie juridiques. Michel Doucet, Q.C., Director of the Observatory and an expert on language rights, is well known in legal and political circles in New Brunswick as well as in Canada.

The International Observatory on Language Rights aims, on the one hand, to promote the vitality of minority language communities in Canada by urging these communities to take part in the development of their rights and, on the other hand, to acquaint other countries with the Canadian experience by sharing with them how Canada has dealt with its official languages problems. Conversely, the Observatory hopes to help Canadians gain better insight into the linguistic situation in other countries, thereby providing an opportunity to learn from their experience, and offering different problem-solving avenues.

The mission of the Observatory

Committed to becoming a leader in the field of language rights research and publication in Canada and throughout the world, the Université de Moncton created the International Observatory on Language Rights with the following mission:

To develop, support and promote language rights training and research in programs offered by the Faculty of Law of the Université de Moncton, as well as at provincial, national and international levels.