Andrew Thompson

Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Waterloo


In this episode of the ACUNS Book Talk podcast, hosted by Anastasia Ufimtseva, Andrew S. Thompson discusses his new book: On the Side of the Angels: Canada and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. This book tells the story of Canada’s contributions—both good and bad—to the development and advancement of international human rights law at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from its creation in 1946 to its dissolution in 2006. On the Side of the Angles provides in-depth historical overview of six decades of Canadian engagement within the UN human rights system, On The Side of the Angels offers new insights into the nuances, complexities, and contradictions of Canada’s human rights policies. It also reveals that, despite its limitations, the international human rights law established at the UN offers the best hope of a world in which all citizens are able to enjoy a dignified existence. In this podcast, the author discusses his rationale about writing the book, the story behind the title, and reveals some of the key arguments made in the book. Listeners will also learn about the internal dynamics of the UN Human Rights System and about Canadian role in the UN CHR, in specific.

On the Side of Angels (ACUNS Books by Members)

About the Author
Andrew S. Thompson is an adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo and a fellow at both the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is the author of In Defence of Principles: NGOs and Human Rights in Canada.

Recorded May 2017