Joanna Harrington | Law professor. Legal academic. Academic lawyer.
Joanna Harrington is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta. She teaches, researches and writes on matters of international law, constitutional law, and public policy, including the law and practice of international organizations, international human rights law, and international and transnational criminal law.
Her legal writing has appeared in the American Journal of International Law, The Canadian Yearbook on International Law, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the McGill Law Journal, Queen's Law Journal, and the Supreme Court Law Review, among others, and as chapters in edited collections. She is also a co-author of International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory, 2nd ed. (Irwin Law, 2014), the author of the Public International Law title for the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada series (LexisNexis, 2010; reissue 2014), and a co-editor of Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Her research has contributed to law and policy discussions on the role for the elected legislature in the making of international treaties, the balance between protecting human rights and securing cross-border cooperation in the prosecution of serious crimes, and the need for interim measures of protection in urgent human rights situations. Much of her work explores the national relevance of international law obligations.
Her teaching and research activities also benefit from her experiences in legal practice, including a two-year secondment to the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), and her service as a legal adviser on matters of constitutional reform for a member of Britain's House of Lords. She has represented Canada 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.
A lawyer since 1995 and a legal academic since 1999, her work has earned the Martha Cook Piper Prize (2007), a Killam Annual Professorship (2012), and the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (2016). She has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford and the University of New South Wales. Visiting teaching appointments have taken her to Australia, China, Japan, Puerto Rico and Suriname. She has also served a five-year term as an associate dean with campus-wide responsibilities for the quality and standards of graduate education.
Professor Harrington holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a J.D. from the University of Victoria, and an Academy of European Law diploma in human rights law from the European University Institute in Italy. She earned her Ph.D. in law at the University of Cambridge with a W.M. Tapp studentship at Gonville and Caius College.
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