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



About Me

Joanna Harrington is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta. She was appointed a part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in November 2018. Her work focusses on the interplay between constitutional law and international law, with articles appearing in the American Journal of International Law, The Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, McGill Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal, and the Supreme Court Law Review, among others. She also contributes to edited collections, including The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution and the Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law, and is a co-author of International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory (2e). Her work has earned the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, a Killam Annual Professorship, a Fulbright Scholar award, and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence, as well as visiting appointments at the University of New South Wales, the University of Oxford, and the University of Texas at Austin. She has also served as a legal adviser with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and as an associate dean with university-wide responsibilities for graduate education.


  • Foreign relations law

  • National bills of rights

  • International human rights law

  • International and transnational criminal law

  • International organizations


  • Public international law

  • International human rights law

  • International dispute settlement

  • International criminal law