Joanna Harrington

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

Faculty of Law
Law Centre
780-492-4924 (fax)

Joanna Harrington teaches, researches and writes on matters of international law and constitutional law, including human rights law and international and transnational criminal law. Her contributions to legal scholarship include almost 30 book chapters, journal articles, and commentaries, as well as 50 conference presentations and invited lectures. She is the author of the Public International Law title for the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada series (LexisNexis) and a co-author of the second edition of International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory (Irwin Law). In addition to being a professor with the Faculty of Law, Professor Harrington also serves as an Associate Dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

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 was also selected to serve as the academic in residence with the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s foreign ministry, spending two years with what is now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. She has twice been a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, and 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.

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 Judicial Studies Board of England and Wales (now the Judicial College), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has also taught international law to Canadian diplomats at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, assisted counsel for complainants with cases before the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and worked with defence counsel on matters concerning extradition, national security, and foreign corruption.

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, devolution and the creation of the Scottish Parliament, and the implementation of the Northern Ireland peace agreement. After articling with a large Vancouver law firm, she was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and the Bar of Ontario in 2002.

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