Ardi Imseis is interested in the intersection of power, politics, law, and justice, and the practical impact of those phenomena on international relations in general and on underrepresented peoples in particular. Professor Imseis is currently working on a book based on his SSHRC-funded PhD research which critically examines the gulf between international law and United Nations action, using the question of Palestine as a case study. He comes to Queen’s following a 12-year career as a UN official in the Middle East, first with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and then with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since leaving the UN, Imseis has continued to engage in high-level public advocacy on international law, peace and security, including two invited addresses to the UN Security Council. He also serves as the Associate Academic Director of the International Law Programs that Queen's Law offers at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, United Kingdom.

Professor Imseis’s scholarship has appeared in, inter alia, the American Journal of International Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the University of British Columbia Law Review. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law, and is former Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Law, American University in Cairo and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Human Rights Fellow, Columbia Law School.

Imseis is admitted to the practice of law in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario. Between 2010 and 2011, he served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Honourable Catherine A. Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta.

Research Foci:

  • Public international law;
  • International humanitarian law;
  • International human rights law;
  • International refugee law;
  • International criminal law;
  • International legal history;
  • Law and practice of the United Nations.

Recent Professional Accomplishments

  • Invited by the European Council on Foreign Relations to brief British Members of Parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on recognition of states in international law, June 2018.
  • Invited to address the United Nations Security Council on protection of civilians in armed conflict, May 2016.
  • Invited to brief members of the French Sénat on the international law governing belligerent occupation, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France, December 2015.

Selected Publications

For a full list of Professor Imseis' publications, please consult his CV.

    PhD Thesis:


    Book Chapters:

    • Speaking Truth to Power”, in A. Iskandar & H. Rustom, eds., Edward Said: Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press, 2010).

    Opinion and Editorial: