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Faculty of Law

Darryl Robinson

Associate Professor
LL.B. (Western), LL.M. (New York University)

Faculty of Law
Queen's University
Kingston Ontario
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000, ext. 75827
fax: (613) 533-6509
e-mail: darryl.robinson@queensu.ca

Teaching Subjects

  • International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Criminal Law


Darryl Robinson was a Hauser Scholar at New York University School of Law (LL.M International Legal Studies), where he received the Jerome Lipper Award for outstanding achievement in international law.  Prior to that, he was the Gold Medalist at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, where he was a President's National Scholar.

He articled at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice John Major.

He served as a Legal Officer at Foreign Affairs Canada from 1997-2004, providing legal advice and engaging in international negotiations concerning international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law.  His work in the creation of the International Criminal Court and in the development of Canada's new war crimes legislation earned him a Minister's Citation and a Minister's Award for Foreign Policy Excellence.

He joined the International Criminal Court as an adviser to the Chief Prosecutor, from 2004 to 2006, helping to shape the first policies and strategies of the new institution.  He was also involved in litigation, providing legal advice, negotiating cooperation agreements with the UN, Interpol and others, and strengthening external relations.

From 2006 to 2008, he was a Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  He was involved in an intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Omar Khadr case, research for the Air India inquiry, and bringing a case to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of a community of Roma who were expelled from their homes.

He joined Queen's University Faculty of Law in July 2008.

Recent Professional Achievements

  • Antonio Cassese Prize for International Criminal Law Studies (2013-15)
  • Instructor on International Law at Foreign Affairs Canada (2012-)
  • SSHRC research development grant for a project developing a cosmopolitan liberal account of international criminal law (2012-2015)
  • SSHRC research grant, with three other Canadian law professors, to observe and assess the ICC Review Conference negotiations in Uganda (2010-2013)
  • BLG research fellowship to examine contradictions of international criminal law (2010-11)
  • Member of editorial boards or committees of the Journal of International Criminal Justice, Criminal Law Forum and the Transitional Justice Review
  • Law Students' Society Teaching Award (2011)
  • Expert, Genocide Curriculum Review Committee: Reviewed the various objections and controversies surrounding the Toronto District School Board's course on genocide in the 20th century (2008).
  • Rapporteur, Transitional Justice in Fragile States: Facilitated a roundtable of experts on this topic and prepared a report for the Department of Foreign Affairs (2008).

Current Research

Professor Robinson's current research seeks to expose and explore some of the subtle contradictions currently embedded within international criminal law.  One vein of this work is to examine the assumptions and methods of reasoning that culminate in contradictions and permit them to go unnoticed.  A second vein is to attempt to resolve or reduce those contradictions by searching for a more coherent philosophical account for criminal law in internationalized contexts of mass atrocity.

Selected Publications


An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure, 3rd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2014) (with Robert Cryer, Håkan Friman and Elizabeth Wilmshurst)


Book Chapters

  • Crimes Against Humanity:  A Better Policy on ‘Policy’”  in Carsten Stahn, ed, The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (Oxford University Press 2014)
  • "The Inaction Scenario: Neglected Words and Missed Opportunities" in Carsten Stahn and Mohamed El Zeidy, eds, The International Criminal Court and Complementarity: From Theory to Practice (Cambridge University Press 2010)
  • "The Two Liberalisms of International Criminal Law" in Carsten Stahn and Larissa van den Herik, Future Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press 2009)

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