Professor, B.A. (UBC), J.D. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Faculty of Law
Joanna Harrington is a professor in the Faculty of Law and an associate dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta. She teaches and writes in the fields of international law and Canadian and comparative constitutional law, with her published work examining such topics as the democratic deficit in treaty-making, the interplay between international human rights treaties and domestic bills of rights, and the role for human rights protections in counter-terrorism efforts and other forms of inter-state cooperation in cross-border criminal law enforcement. In addition to articles in the American Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, and the McGill Law Journal, among others, she is the author of the Public International Law title for the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada series.
A recipient of a Killam Annual Professorship in 2012, and the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize in 2007, as well as several SSHRC grants, Professor Harrington has also served as the Academic-in-Residence with the legal affairs bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (2006-2008). In this role, she provided advice on matters of international law and she represented Canada at the United Nations and the Organization of American States, and at meetings of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, taking part in the negotiation of new international texts.
Prior to becoming an academic, Professor Harrington served as the legal officer to a prominent member of the British House of Lords from 1998-1999, focusing on matters of constitutional reform during the first term of the Blair Administration, including the enactment of 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, the United Kingdom, and Japan, as well as the Caribbean and South America, and her consultancy experience includes work with the British Council, the Judicial Studies Board of England and Wales, 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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