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



About Me

Joanna Harrington is a full Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. Her research and teaching activities focus on matters at the intersection of national and international law, including topics of foreign relations law, international organizations law, international human rights law, and international and transnational criminal law. Her work has been published in leading journals and highly-regarded edited collections, leading to visiting fellowships at the University of New South Wales, the University of Oxford, and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as consultancy work with the United Nations Development Programme. She has also served on secondment with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), where she provided advice to government on matters of international law and 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. A law professor for twenty years, she has also served as an associate dean with campus-wide responsibilities in relation to post-graduate education. She is the recipient of teaching and research awards, including a Killam Annual Professorship, a senior Fulbright Scholar award, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence, and the Canadian Council on International Law Scholarly Paper Award. She currently serves as a part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. She articled with a leading Canadian law firm and served as a legal adviser for a member of the House of Lords for the passage of the Human Rights Act and other measures of constitutional reform before becoming an academic. She earned her PhD as a Tapp scholar at Gonville and Caius College and a Pegasus scholar with the Inns of Court.


  • International Law

  • International Human Rights Law

  • Transnational Criminal Law

  • International Criminal Law

  • Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Recent Publications

  • Joanna Harrington, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada - Public International Law: 2019 Reissue (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2019) (296 pages).
  • Joanna Harrington, “Extradition, Assurances, and Human Rights: Guidance from the Supreme Court of Canada in India v. Badesha” (2019) 88 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 273-293. Open access at: https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/sclr/vol88/iss1/12
  • Joanna Harrington, “Lost in the SNC-Lavalin controversy are the Libyan victims,” Policy Options: The Magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (21 August 2019), online: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/
  • Joanna Harrington, “SNC-Lavalin: voici pourquoi nous devrions revoir les lois canadiennes sur la corruption à l'étranger,” La Conversation (Canada) (28 February 2019), online: https://theconversation.com/ca-fr
  • Joanna Harrington, “SNC-Lavalin case shows why we should review Canada’s foreign corruption laws,” The Conversation (Canada) (26 February 2019), republished in the National Post (27 February 2019), online: https://theconversation.com
  • Joanna Harrington, “Addressing the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials: Developments and Challenges within the Canadian Legal Landscape” (2018) 56 The Canadian Yearbook of International Law 98-143. DOI: 10.1017/cyl.2019.3
  • Joanna Harrington, “The Working Methods of the United Nations Security Council: Maintaining the Implementation of Change” (2017) 66:1 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 39-77. DOI: 10.1017/S0020589316000397
  • Joanna Harrington, “Interpreting the Charter” in Peter Oliver, Patrick Macklem & Natalie Des Rosiers, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) at 621-638. DOI: 10.1093/law/9780190664817.003.0029
  • Holly Cullen, Joanna Harrington & Catherine Renshaw, eds, Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) (298 pages). DOI: 10.1017/9781316876923
  • Joanna Harrington, Review of J.G. Merrills, International Dispute Settlement, 6th ed, in (2017) 55 The Canadian Yearbook of International Law 672-676. DOI: 10.1017/cyl.2018.11
  • Joanna Harrington, “Use of force, rule-of-law restraints, and process: Unfinished business for the responsibility to protect concept” in Jeremy Farrall & Hilary Charlesworth, eds, Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (London: Routledge, 2016) at 224-238.
  • Robert J. Currie & Joanna Harrington, “Prosecuting Crime at Home Secures Respect for Human Rights,” theCourt.ca (12 September 2016), online: http://www.thecourt.ca/
  • Joanna Harrington, “Monitoring and the Referral of Criminal Cases between Jurisdictions: An ICTR Contribution to Best Practice” in Charles C. Jalloh & Alhagi B.M. Marong, eds, Promoting Accountability Under International Law for Gross Human Rights Violations in Africa: Essays in Honour of Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2015) at 478-497.
  • Joanna Harrington, “Extradition of Transnational Criminals” in Neil Boister & Robert J. Currie, eds, Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (London: Routledge, 2015) at 153-166.
  • Joanna Harrington, “Querying the Role for Human Rights Bodies in the Interplay between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law,” Lawfare (cross-posted to EJIL Talk! and InterCross) (10 September 2015), online: https://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Joanna Harrington, “The Human Rights Committee, Treaty Interpretation, and the Last Word,” EJIL Talk! (8 August 2015), online: http://www.ejiltalk.org/
  • John H. Currie, Craig Forcese, Joanna Harrington & Valerie Oosterveld, International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014) (963 pages)
  • Joanna Harrington, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada - Public International Law: 2014 Reissue (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2014) (260 pages)

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Providing for Victim Redress within the Legislative Scheme for Tackling Foreign Corruption”
    ASIL Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group Works-in-Progress Workshop
    Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel, December 2019
  • “The Historical Roots of International Extradition”
    Histories of Transnational Criminal Law Conference
    Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany, October 2019
  • “Providing for Victim Redress within the Legislative Scheme for Tackling Foreign Corruption”
    International Criminal Law Works-in-Progress Workshop
    Western University, London, Canada, September 2019
  • “What Place for Victims within an Anti-Corruption Legislative Scheme?”
    Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights Conference
    European University Institute, Florence, Italy, June 2019
  • “Recent Developments in UN Security Council Working Methods”
    Chatham House Roundtable on International Law relating to Peace and Security
    Columbia Law School, New York, November 2018
  • “Extradition After Diab: Reforming Extradition Law”
    Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law
    Ottawa, Canada, November 2018
  • “Needed Reforms to Canadian Extradition Law”
    Halifax Colloquium on Extradition Law Reform
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, September 2018
  • “Extradition, Assurances, and Human Rights”
    Osgoode Constitutional Cases Conference
    Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Canada, April 2018
  • “The Practicalities of Parliamentary Engagement in Treaty-making”
    Treaties, Brexit and the Constitution Conference
    Jesus College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, March 2018
  • “Past Guidance for Present Challenges in Transnational Criminal Law”
    Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law
    Ottawa, Canada, November 2017
  • “Canada and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials: Developments and Challenges”
    Transnational Criminal Law in the Americas Conference
    University of Windsor, Canada, May 2017
  • “Sexualized Violence: Accountability of Peacekeepers”
    Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law
    Ottawa, Canada, November 2016
  • “Applying Public Law Principles to the UN Human Rights Bodies”
    The Unity of Public Law Conference
    Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, September 2016
  • “Illuminations or Further Complexities? The Role of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies”
    Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict
    Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford, UK, July 2015
  • “A Perspective from the Americas on Interim Measures of Protection”
    Urgency and Human Rights Conference
    Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, May 2015