Joanna Harrington

Professor, B.A. (UBC), J.D. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Faculty of Law
Law Centre
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Joanna Harrington is a Professor with the Faculty of Law and an Associate Dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Her teaching and research interests lie in the fields of international law and constitutional law, including the international legal protection of human rights, comparative constitutional law, and international and transnational criminal law. Her contributions to legal scholarship include over 30 journal articles and book chapters, as well as numerous conference presentations and invited lectures. She is a co-author of the second edition of International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory (Irwin Law) and the author of the Public International Law title for the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada series (LexisNexis).

A recipient of a Killam Annual Professorship in 2012, the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize in 2007, and a W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law for her studies at Cambridge, Professor Harrington served as the Scholar-in-Residence with the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 2006-2008. She has represented Canada in the negotiation of new legal instruments 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 also has experience working in a legal capacity within Parliament, having served as the legal officer to a member of the House of Lords during a period of significant constitutional reform in the United Kingdom before embarking on an academic career.

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 British Council, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the former Judicial Studies Board of England and Wales (now the Judicial College), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Other activities including the teaching of international law to Canadian diplomats at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, participation in CLE training for military lawyers and government officials, and the provision of assistance to counsel with cases before the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and to defence counsel on matters of extradition, national security, and foreign corruption.

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