Professor, B.A. (UBC), J.D. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Faculty of Law
Joanna Harrington is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, where she teaches, researches and writes in the fields of public international law and constitutional law. Since 2010, she has also served as an Associate Dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, a central unit serving approximately 70 departments and 6500 graduate students. The author of roughly 30 book chapters, journal articles, and commentaries, and almost 50 conference presentations and guest lectures, she is also the author of the Public International Law title for the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada series (LexisNexis), a co-author of the second edition of International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory (Irwin Law), and an occasional blogger for EJIL Talk! - the blog of the European Journal of International Law.
A recipient of a Killam Annual Professorship in 2012 and the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize in 2007, and a W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law for her studies at Cambridge, Professor Harrington combines an academic career with practical application. From 2006-2008, she served as the Scholar-in-Residence with the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development). Experienced in the negotiation of new international texts, she has represented Canada at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. She has also been involved in cases before the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Harrington served as the legal officer to a member of the British House of Lords, focusing on matters of constitutional reform during the first term of the Blair Administration, including the enactment of Britain’s first modern bill of rights, the Human Rights Act; devolution and the creation of the Scottish Parliament; and the implementation of the Northern Ireland peace agreement.
Visiting professorships have taken her to Australia and Japan, as well as the Caribbean and South America, and her consultancy experience includes work with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Judicial Studies Board of England and Wales (now the Judicial College), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and the Bar of Ontario in 2002.
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