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

Professor

Law

About Me

Joanna Harrington is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. She specializes in constitutional law and international law, including foreign relations law, transnational criminal law, and international human rights law. Her work has been published in leading journals and highly-regarded edited collections, leading to the receipt of the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, a Killam Annual Professorship, and a Canada-U.S. Fulbright 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. She is also a recipient of the Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award and the Canadian Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence. Her work also benefits from her experience gained on secondment with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada), where she provided advice to government on matters of international law and 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 currently serves as a part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Within the university, she has served a five-year term as an associate dean with campus-wide responsibilities in relation to post-graduate education. Before becoming an academic, she articled with a leading Canadian law firm and later 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. She earned her BA at the University of British Columbia, her JD at the University of Victoria, and her PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge. She was a Tapp scholar at Gonville and Caius College (Cambridge) and a Pegasus scholar with the Inns of Court.


Research

  • International Law

  • International Human Rights Law

  • Transnational Criminal Law

  • International Criminal Law

  • Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Publications

Books

Legal reference works

  • J. Harrington, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada - Public International Law: 2019 Reissue (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2019)​ (296 pages).
  • J. Harrington, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada - Public International Law: 2014 Reissue (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2014)​ (260 pages).
  • J. Harrington, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada - Public International Law (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2010) (260 pages).

Journal articles and book chapters

  • J. 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. Also available at: https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/sclr/vol88/iss1/12
  • J. Harrington, “Addressing the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials: Developments and Challenges within the Canadian Legal Landscape” [2018] 56 The Canadian Yearbook of International Law (e-published, pages forthcoming). DOI: 10.1017/cyl.2019.3
  • J. 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
  • J. Harrington, “Interpreting the Charter” in P. Oliver, P. Macklem & N. 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
  • H. Cullen, J. Harrington & C. Renshaw, “Experts, Networks and International Law” in H. Cullen, J. Harrington & C. Renshaw, eds,Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) at 1-18. DOI: 10.1017/9781316876923.002
  • J. Harrington, “Use of force, rule-of-law restraints, and process: Unfinished business for the responsibility to protect concept” in J. Farrall & H. Charlesworth, eds, Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (London: Routledge, 2016) at 224-238.
  • J. Harrington, “Monitoring and the Referral of Criminal Cases between Jurisdictions: An ICTR Contribution to Best Practice” in C.C. Jalloh & A.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.
  • J. Harrington, “Extradition of Transnational Criminals” in N. Boister & R.J. Currie, eds, Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (London: Routledge, 2014) at 153-166.
  • J. Harrington, “Climate Change, Human Rights, and the Right to be Cold” (2014) 45 National Chung Cheng University Law Journal 1-37 (translated into Chinese).
  • J. Harrington, “Responsibility while protecting and the impact on responsibility to protect” (2013) 8:1-2 Chinese Review of International Law 79-93 (translated into Chinese).
  • J. Harrington, “Exploring the ‘Canadian’ in The Canadian Yearbook of International Law” [2012] 50 The Canadian Yearbook of International Law 3-33. DOI: 10.1017/S0069005800010808
  • J. Harrington, “R2P and Natural Disasters” in W.A. Knight & F. Egerton, eds, The Routledge Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (London: Routledge, 2012) at 141-151.
  • J. Harrington, “Canada and the United Nations Human Rights Council: Dissent and Division” (2010) 60:1 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 78-115, available here.
  • J. Harrington, “Canadian Treaty Practice and the Disabilities Convention” (2010) 42:3-4 Hosei Riron: The Journal of Law & Politics 146-166.
  • J. Harrington, “Canada, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and Universal Periodic Review” (2009) 18:2 Constitutional Forum constitutionnel 79-93, available here and here.
  • J. Harrington, “Peace in Northern Ireland and the Remaining Issue of the On-the-Runs” (2009) 10:1 Human Rights Review 5-34.
  • J. Harrington, “Climate Change, Human Rights, and the Right to be Cold” (2007) 18:3 Fordham Environmental Law Review 513-535, available here.
  • J. Harrington, “The Democratic Challenge of Incorporation: International Human Rights Treaties and National Constitutions” (2007) 38:2 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 217-235, available here.
  • J. Harrington, “The Absent Dialogue: Extradition and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” (2006) 32:1 Queen’s Law Journal 82-134, available here.
  • J. Harrington, “Scrutiny and Approval: The Role for Westminster-style Parliaments in Treaty-Making” (2006) 55:1 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 121-159. DOI: 10.1093/iclq/lei069
  • J. Harrington, “The Role for Parliament in Treaty-Making” in O. Fitzgerald, et al, eds, The Globalized Rule of Law: Relationships between International and Domestic Law (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2006) at 159-199.
  • J. Harrington, “The Role for Human Rights Obligations in Canadian Extradition Law” [2005] 43 The Canadian Yearbook of International Law 45-100. DOI: 10.1017/S0069005800008742
  • J. Harrington, “Redressing the Democratic Deficit in Treaty Law Making: (Re-) Establishing a Role for Parliament” (2005) 50:3 McGill Law Journal 465-509, available here and here.
  • J. Harrington, “The Role for Parliaments in Treaty-Making” in H. Charlesworth, et al, eds, The Fluid State: International Law and National Legal Systems (Sydney: Federation Press, 2005) at 34-56.
  • J. Harrington, “The British Approach to Interpretation and Deference in Rights Adjudication” (2004) 23 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 269-303; also published as a chapter in G. Huscroft & I. Brodie, eds, Constitutionalism in the Charter Era (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2004) at 269-303.
  • J. Harrington, “The Challenge to the Mandatory Death Penalty in the Commonwealth Caribbean” (2004) 98:1 American Journal of International Law 126-140. DOI: 10.2307/3139261
  • J. Harrington, “How Canadian Lawyers can contribute to the Effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Committee” in The Measure of International Law: Effectiveness, Fairness and Validity (The Hague: Kluwer Law, 2004) at 132-154.
  • J. Harrington, “Punting Terrorists, Assassins and Other Undesirables: Canada, the Human Rights Committee and Requests for Interim Measures of Protection” (2003) 48:1 McGill Law Journal 55-87, available here and here.
  • J. Harrington, “Making Sense of Equality Law: A Review of the Hepple Report” (2001) 64:5 Modern Law Review 757-766.
  • J. Harrington, “Rights Brought Home: The United Kingdom Adopts a ‘Charter of Rights’” (2000-2001) 11:4 Constitutional Forum constitutionnel 105-111, available here and here.
  • J. Harrington, “Article 2 - Right to Life” in Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC & D. Pannick QC, eds, Human Rights Law and Practice Supplement (London: Butterworths, 2000) at 19-26.
  • J. Harrington & N. Mole, “Article 2 - Right to Life” in Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC & D. Pannick QC, eds, Human Rights Law and Practice (London: Butterworths, 1999) at 79-92.
  • J. Harrington, T.L. McDorman & W.A.W. Neilson, “The 1992 Vietnamese Constitution: Economic Reform, Political Continuity” in D.M. Johnston & G. Ferguson, eds, Asia-Pacific Legal Development (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1998) at 243-266.

Contributions to casebooks

  • J. Harrington, “Charter Origins and Interpretation” in L.I. Rotman, B.P. Elman & G.L. Gall, eds, Constitutional Law: Cases, Commentary and Principles (Toronto: Carswell, 2008) at 769-796.
  • J. Harrington, “Treaty Making and Treaty Implementation” in L.I. Rotman, B.P. Elman & G.L. Gall, eds, Constitutional Law: Cases, Commentary and Principles (Toronto: Carswell, 2008) at 581-602.

Journal special issue

  • C. Forcese & J. Harrington, eds, International Law and Democratic Considerations, a special issue of the Alberta Law Review (vol. 46, no. 4) (2009).

Work in French

  • J. Harrington, “Le rôle du parlement dans la conclusion des trait­­és” in O. Fitzgerald, et al, eds, Règle de Droit et Mondialisation: Rapports entre le droit international et le droit interne (Cowansville, QC: Éditions Yvon Blais, 2006) at 201-252.

Works in Chinese

  • J. Harrington, “Climate Change, Human Rights, and the Right to be Cold” (2014) 45 National Chung Cheng University Law Journal 1-37.
  • J. Harrington, “Responsibility While Protecting and the Impact on Responsibility to Protect” (2013) 8:1-2 Chinese Review of International Law 79-93.

Book reviews

  • J. 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
  • J. Harrington, Review of S. Allen & A. Xanthaki, Reflections on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in [2010] 48 The Canadian Yearbook of International Law 588-594. DOI: 10.1017/S0069005800010249
  • J. Harrington, Review of I. Okonta & O. Douglas, Where Vultures Feast: Shell, Human Rights, and Oil in (2005) 17Journal of Environmental Law 297-298.
  • J. Harrington, Review of R.B. Howe & D. Johnson, Restraining Equality: Human Rights Commissions in Canada in (2001) 11International Criminal Justice Review 133-134.
  • J. Harrington, Review of C. Douzinas, The End of Human Rights: Critical Legal Thought at the Turn of the Century in (2001) 14Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 273-274. DOI: 10.1017/S0841820900000527
  • J. Harrington, Review of R. Morgan & M.D. Evans, Protecting Prisoners: The Standards of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Context in [2000] LXXI British Yearbook of International Law 393-394.
  • J. Harrington, Review of M.D. Evans & R. Morgan, Preventing Torture: A Study of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture in [1999] LXX British Yearbook of International Law 253-254.
  • J. Harrington, Review of D.J. Harris & S. Livingstone, eds, The Inter-American System of Human Rights in [1999]Cambridge Law Journal 446-448.