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Joanna Harrington, BA (UBC), JD (Victoria), PhD (Cambridge)



Joanna Harrington is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta. She specializes in matters of constitutional law, international law, and public policy, including the law and practice of international organizations, international human rights law, and international and transnational criminal law. Her work has earned the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, a Killam Annual Professorship, and a Canada-U.S. Fulbright senior scholar award, as well as visiting appointments at the University of New South Wales, the University of Oxford, and the University of Texas at Austin, among others. Her publications have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, The Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the McGill Law Journal, Modern Law Review, the Queen’s Law Journal and the Supreme Court Law Review, among others. She is also a co-author of the second edition of International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory (Irwin Law, 2014). She is currently part of a five-year $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant project bringing together law professors, the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and Lawyers Without Borders to promote access to justice for victims of serious international crimes before international and national institutions.

Professor Harrington qualified as a lawyer in British Columbia in 1995 and in Ontario in 2002. She has worked as legal officer with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), and after articling with the largest law firm in Vancouver, she went on to serve as a legal adviser to a member of Britain’s House of Lords working on matters of constitutional reform, including the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law, and the Northern Ireland peace agreement. She has twice been a member of Canada’s official delegation to the UN General Assembly, and has participated in the negotiation of new international 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 has also served as a consultant to international and national organizations, testified as an expert witness before parliamentary committees, and assisted counsel in private practice in matters of extradition, human rights, national security, and foreign corruption. From 2010-2015, she served as an associate dean with across-campus responsibilities for the quality and standards of graduate education. She earned her Ph.D. in law at the University of Cambridge as a Tapp scholar at Gonville and Caius College.

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