2018 Edmonton International Humanitarian Law Conference
March 2018 – Thanks to the efforts of the Canadian Red Cross, a second successful Friday afternoon conference on current challenges for international humanitarian law was held at the University of Alberta, attracting attendance from students, professors and the public. Organized around the theme of urban warfare and its consequences for victims, the event featured presentations from legal advisers with the Canadian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross, alongside experts bridging the academic-practice divide from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the University of Alberta’s Department of Political Science and Faculty of Law. Issues of protection, prevention and accountability for breach dominated discussions, as well as concerns about access for humanitarian aid and the future for post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction of communities.
Academic Life: Honolulu and International Humanitarian Law
February 2018 -- Many thanks to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) for the invitation to participate in "The Transpacific Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict" at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii.
With partnerships part of today's reality, the workshop offered a unique opportunity to hear views and updates from around the Indo-Pacific region, and to discuss the current challenges for international humanitarian law in the naval warfare context. It was also interesting to hear about the engagement with other bodies of law, including the law of the sea and search and rescue, but no workshop can beat an itinerary that starts with a cocktail on Waikiki Beach and ends with a tour of a US Navy guided-missile destroyer. Many thanks again to the organizers and hosts, and the crew of the USS Hopper.
Annual CCIL Conference: A Return to Transnational Criminal Law
November 2017 -- International criminal law may grab the headlines, but it is thanks to transnational criminal law that we can address the nuts and bolts of serious cross-border crime. Delighted to contribute to a panel to encourage "A Return to Transnational Criminal Law" at the 46th annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) in Ottawa. Chaired by Dean Christopher Waters of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, the panel also featured contributions by Professor Rob Currie of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Jeffrey Johnston from the International Assistance Group at Justice Canada, and Assistant Professor Sara Wharton of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Humanizing Warfare: Successes and Challenges for the Laws of War
October 2017 -- Continuing with a long-established tradition of publicizing the existence of rules for the conduct of war, the University of Saskatchewan College of Law hosted a conference on "Humanizing Warfare: Successes and Challenges with Implementing the Law of Armed Conflict", bringing together legal advisers with the Canadian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and legal academics with practice experience from defence and foreign affairs perspectives. It was an honour to be asked to present on accountability for violations of the laws and customs of war.
Open to law students, the wider university community, and the public, the event was also live-streamed to the Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit. Many thanks to our host and moderator, Assistant Professor Karinne Coombes of the University of Saskatchewan, and to fellow panellists, Andrew Carswell of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Associate Professor Christopher Penny of Carleton University, and Jonathan Somer of the Canadian Red Cross.
Downtown Charter Series: Making Sense of the Charter
September 2017 -- Many thanks to the Centre for Constitutional Studies for the invitation to be a part of the "Downtown Charter Series" of talks for the public about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was a pleasure to have such a large and engaged audience for a discussion on the art of interpretation. Topics covered included the need for a dynamic, purposive interpretation that takes into account our national values and the balance to be achieved between rights protection and accommodation. Many thanks to the audience for the great questions received.
List of Recent Presentations (last five years)
Conferences and workshops
Engagement with the legal profession
- J. Harrington, “Accountability for the Commission of Crimes in Syria”, a panel contribution for “Battleground Metropolis: Urban Warfare and International Humanitarian Law”, a conference open to the public organized by the Canadian Red Cross at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2 March 2018
- J. Harrington, “Common Article 1”, an invited contribution to "The Transpacific Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict" organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the U.S. Pacific Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, USA, 15-16 February 2018
- J. Harrington, "Past Guidance for Present Challenges in Transnational Criminal Law" at the 46th annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law on "Canada at 150: The Return of History for International Law", Ottawa, Canada, 2-3 November 2017
- J. Harrington, "Accountability" at the "Humanizing Warfare: Successes and Challenges with Implementing the Law of Armed Conflict" conference organized by the Canadian Red Cross and the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 27 October 2017
- J. Harrington, "A Canadian Perspective on Targeting, Detention, and Trials" for a panel discussion on "International Law and National Security: A View from Abroad on Current Trends in Targeting, Detention, and Trials" organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Cardozo Law School, New York, USA, 18 May 2017
- J. Harrington, “Canada and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials: Developments and Challenges” for the “Transnational Criminal Law in the Americas” conference at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada, 4-5 May 2017
- J. Harrington, “Corruption in International Law: Challenges and Developments” at the “Roundtable on Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes and Protection of Individual Rights” organized by Chatham House and the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 26-27 November 2016
- J. Harrington, “Sexualized Violence: Accountability of Peacekeepers”, a panel presentation organized by the Military Justice division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces for the 45th annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, Ottawa, Canada, 3-5 November 2016
- J. Harrington, “Applying Public Law Principles to the UN Human Rights Bodies: Supporting the Call for Change to Working Methods” at the biennial conference on “The Unity of Public Law?” hosted by the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 12-14 September 2016
- J. Harrington, “Illuminations or Further Complexities? The Role of the Human Rights Treaty-Monitoring Bodies” at the “Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict” co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the South Texas College of Law at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 15-16 July 2015
- J. Harrington, “A Perspective from the Americas on Interim Measures of Protection” at the “Urgency and Human Rights” conference organized by the Department of International and European Law at Radboud University, in cooperation with the Departimento di Giurisprudenza at the Seconda Universitá di Napoli and the Ghent Human Rights Centre of Belgium at Nijmegen, Netherlands, 29-30 May 2015
- J. Harrington, “The UN Security Council, its Working Methods, and Institutional Change” at the 22nd annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 3-5 July 2014
- J. Harrington, “Exploring the Canadian in 50 Years of Canadian International Law Scholarship” at the 42nd annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, Ottawa, Canada, 14-16 November 2013
- J. Harrington, “Accountability and Responsibility of International Organizations: The Contributions of the International Law Commission” at the “US/Canada International Humanitarian Law Workshop” organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (Washington Delegation) and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, 3-4 October 2013
- J. Harrington, “Rule of Law Restraints on the Use of Force: Unfinished Business for the Responsibility to Protect” at the “The United Nations Security Council, Force and the Rule of Law” workshop organized by the Australian National University’s Centre for International Governance and Justice and the Australian Civil-Military Centre in cooperation with Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, USA, 13 June 2013
- J. Harrington, “China, the Responsibility to Protect, and an Opportunity for Leadership?” at the 2013 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on “International Law and Dispute Resolution: Challenges in the Asia Pacific” in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 15-16 May 2013
Engagement with the legal profession
- J. Harrington, “Legal Implications of Brexit”, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), International Business Law Section (South), Calgary, Canada, 20 June 2017
- J. Harrington, “From Scotland to Sudan: Legal Implications of the Creation of New States,” Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), International Business Law Section (South), Calgary, Canada, 27 January 2015
- J. Harrington, “Interim Measures in International Human Rights Proceedings”, 7th national conference of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, held in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal via simultaneous broadcasting, 16 October 2014
- J. Harrington, "Interpreting the Charter", Downtown Charter Series, Centre for Constitutional Studies, 14 September 2017
- J. Harrington, “Urgent Human Rights Situations and Interim Measures of Protection: Problems of Compliance, Legitimacy and Effectiveness”, Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin, 4 May 2016
- J. Harrington, “Urgent Human Rights Situations and Interim Measures of Protection,” Faculty of Laws, University College London, 20 November 2015
- J. Harrington, “Neighbourliness, National Values, and Counter-Terrorism Efforts: A Canadian Perspective,” Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 23 February 2015
- J. Harrington, “Use of Force, Rule of Law Restraints, and Process: Unfinished Business for the Responsibility to Protect Concept,” Centre for International Policy Studies and Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 7 March 2014
- J. Harrington, “The International Rule of Law: The Role for Law and Lawyers,” University of Alberta President’s Society Annual Dinner, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, 12 November 2013
- J. Harrington, “Climate Change, Human Rights, and the Right to be Cold,” Faculty of Law, National Cheng Chung University, Chia-yi county, Republic of China, 13 May 2013