Anne Bayefsky

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Anne Bayefsky is a lawyer, scholar and activist. She currently directs the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and is a barrister and solicitor of the Ontario Bar. Her areas of expertise include international human rights law, equality rights, and constitutional human rights law. She is a Fox News opinion writer.[1]


Bayefsky holds a B.A., M.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto and an M.Litt. from Oxford University. She has served as the director of York's Centre for Refugee Studies,[2] project director for the university's Human Rights Treaty Study, member of Canadian delegations to international meetings, such as the UN Human Rights Commissions in 1993–1996, the UN General Assembly in 1984 and 1989, the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993, and a delegate of the American Society of International Law to the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.[3] She was a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute[4] She was with different international delegations such as Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995 and Durban Racism Conference in 2001.[5]

Currently, she is a member of the International Law Association Committee on International Human Rights Law and Practice, Editor-in-Chief of the series "Refugees and Human Rights," published by Martinus Nijhoff in The Hague, and editor of Eye on the UN.[4][6] She also sits on the Board of Advisors of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a non-profit thinktank focusing on issues of United States and Israel's national security.[7] Her legal expertise is in international, human rights, women's rights, and United Nations law, and covers four decades, beginning at the University of Ottawa in 1981.[8] She plans, produces and delivers human rights programs and events with eminent figures.[9] In 2018, the pro-Israel non-profit Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) compensated Bayefsky $280,000.00 for consultant work, according to a public federal filing.[10]

Bayefsky has published extensively in the field of human rights, including a report with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2001 as well as the creation of,[4][11] a gateway to the United Nations' Human Rights Treaties aiming to enhance "the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations" on the basis that "Accessibility to UN human rights norms by individuals everywhere is fundamental to their successful realization."[12]


Bayefsky has argued that Ontario's policy of fully funding Roman Catholic schools, while denying full funding to other religious schools, is discriminatory.[13]

She has also argued that Human Rights Watch "fanned the flames of racial intolerance" before the Durban Conference by facilitating the exclusion of Jewish representatives from an NGO caucus, later covering up its role in the affair, and misrepresenting the outcome to the media.[14]

Bayefsky speaks out in defense of Israel. She was critical of "the Obama administration's response to Israel's announcement that it will continue to build new homes for its expanding population in disputed territory," calling it "hysterical," and asked, "Given that the United States is supposed to be committed to the parties determining ultimate legal ownership of the land in final status negotiations, what is going on?"[15]

In 2014, Bayefsky created a short video for the educational website Prager University in which she criticizes the United Nations for its antagonism towards Israel.[16]



  • The UN Human Rights Treaty System: Universality at the Crossroads, Transnational Publishers, (softbound), c. 2001; Kluwer Law International (hardbound), c. 2001;
  • The UN Human Rights Treaty System in the Twenty-First Century, Kluwer Law International, c. 2000; (co-ed.)
  • The UN and the Jews, Commentary Magazine, February 1, 2004.[18]
  • Human Rights and Forced Displacement, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, c. 2000; (ed.)
  • Self-Determination in International Law: Quebec and Lessons Learned, Kluwer Law International, c. 2000;
  • International Human Rights Law: Use in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Litigation, Butterworths, c. 1992;
  • Canada's Constitution Act 1982 and Amendments: A Documentary History, Volume I and II, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, c. 1989; (ed.)
  • Legal Theory Meets Legal Practice, Academic Printing and Publishing, c. 1988; (co-ed.)
  • Equality Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Carswell Co. Ltd., c. 1985.

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  1. ^ "Anne Bayefsky". Fox News. 2021-06-06. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  2. ^ "Centre for Refugee Studies". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. ^ "Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  4. ^ a b c Anne Bayefsky Archived 2006-02-19 at the Wayback Machine, Hudson Institute
  5. ^ "About Human Rights Voices - Who We Are - Who We Are".
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  7. ^ Prof. Anne Bayefsky, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
  8. ^ Proceedings of the American Society of International Law
  9. ^ The Durban Game Changer, September 22, 2016
  10. ^ ProPublica, Mike Tigas, Sisi Wei, Ken Schwencke, Brandon Roberts, Alec Glassford. "COMMITTEE FOR ACCURACY IN MIDDLE EAST REPORTING IN AMERICA INC - Form Form 990 for period ending Dec 2018 - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved 2020-12-26.
  11. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  12. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  13. ^ "UN says funding of Catholic schools discriminatory". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 1999-11-05. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  14. ^ "Human Rights Watch Coverup". Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  15. ^ "Obama's dangerous overreaction on Israel, Monday, March 15th 2010". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  16. ^ "Is the UN Fair to Israel?". Archived from the original on 2021-12-22 – via
  17. ^ [1] Archived November 17, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ The UN and the Jews by Anne Bayefsky, Commentary Magazine, February 1, 2004.

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