John H. Currie


John H. Currie
Full Professor (on leave)

Room: FTX 126
Office Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 3289
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John H. Currie


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 teaching awards (including the Faculty of Law’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award), 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). His 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).

In addition to being a full professor in the Faculty of Law, Professor Currie is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the oldest global institution for the settlement of international disputes. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Yearbook of International Law/Annuaire canadien de droit international, published by Cambridge University Press and winner of the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing; as well as Adjunct Research Professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

From 2016 to 2017, Professor Currie served as interim Vice-President, Governance and Secretary of the University. Previously, from 2014 to 2016, he was Vice Dean of the Common Law Section. In 2016 he was awarded the Distinctive Service Faculty Award in recognition of his long service on the University's Board of Governors, Senate, Senate Appeals Committee, Joint Committee of the Senate and Board, and numerous other University and Faculty bodies. He is a past President of the Canadian Council on International Law (2002-2004) as well as Scholar-in-Residence in the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s (then) Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (2004-2006). In the course of his career he has appeared before 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.

Before joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, Professor Currie was a litigator with a major Canadian law firm, practising in Toronto and Ottawa. A member of the Bar of Ontario, he holds degrees in law from the Universities of Ottawa and Cambridge, and in astrophysics from the University of Toronto.

Professor Currie is currently on academic leave.

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