John H. Currie


John H. Currie
Full Professor (on leave)

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John H. Currie


Professor Currie is on temporary leave following an interim appointment as the University's Vice-President, Governance from 2016 to 2017. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Vice Dean of the Common Law Section. In 2016 he was awarded the Distinctive Service Faculty Award for outstanding service to the Section and the University.

Professor Currie's teaching subjects include public international law, the use of force by states, the law of armed conflict, torts, constitutional law, and legal research and writing. The recipient of several awards for his teaching, he has designed and delivered courses on the theory and practice of international law for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and for Queen's University's International Studies Centre (UK). In addition to being a full professor in the Faculty of Law, Professor Currie is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

Professor Currie's research interests include various aspects of public international law, with a particular emphasis on its interaction with domestic legal systems. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Public International Law, 2nd edition (Irwin Law, 2008) and International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory, 2nd edition (Irwin Law, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Yearbook of International Law/Annuaire canadien de droit international, which won the 2013 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.

Before joining the Common Law Section, Professor Currie was a litigator with a major Canadian law firm. He holds degrees in law from the Universities of Ottawa and Cambridge and in astrophysics from the University of Toronto. He is a past president of the Canadian Council on International Law as well as scholar-in-residence in the Legal Affairs Bureau of the (former) Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. In the course of his career he has appeared at nearly all levels of the Canadian courts and has represented Canada before a number of UN and other international bodies, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the first Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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