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Dr. Alexandra Harrington's new book, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE LAW, is keeping her on the road this summer, with launch events in Montreal, Canada, at McGill University Faculty of Law, and in Bogotá, Colombia, at Universidad de Externado. There will also be a launch in Sydney, Australia, at the International Law Association's biennial meeting. Published by Routledge, the book looks at the way specific international organizations function, the powers of their members, and their approaches to resolving disputes, among other topics. Harrington, an adjunct professor who teaches Public International Law, International Organizations, and other internationally focused courses, explains that "This book was written for the student unfamiliar with international law, and designed to be accessible for the beginner. At the same time, it serves as a resource for the practitioner immersed in the field."
Following these events, Harrington will serve as the 2018–2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada. Harrington, a 2005 graduate of Albany Law School, was one of only eight applicants selected for this form of Fulbright Scholar position throughout Canada. Her research will focus on the impacts of treaty regimes and international law on the implementation and achievement of global governance mechanisms, with a particular focus on lessons for the Sustainable Development Goals. "This is a pivotal time for understanding how the governance mechanisms crafted by international treaties can work to address key problems facing today's society and future generations," she observes. "The research outcomes of this Fulbright Research Chair will provide new insights into these relationships and potentials for the future."
Harrington serves as Lead Counsel for Peace, Justice and Accountability at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, based in Montreal, Canada, and as the Director of Studies for the International Law Association of Colombia. She is a member of the International Law Association's Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development, where she represents Colombia as an alternate.
Her more than three dozen publications address a variety of fields including international human rights law, international child's rights, environmental law, legal issues relating to climate change, natural resources regulation, international organizations, international trade law, corporate social responsibility, and criminal law. She routinely presents her works at domestic and international conferences, including at the United Nations. She has served as a professor at the University of Montreal Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales summer programs, as a Consultant to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and is an ICTSD Expert for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.