Noah Weisbord is an Associate Professor at Queen's Law. His research focuses on the role of the criminal law in managing, reflecting or exacerbating intergroup conflict. A current project examines self-defence in Canadian criminal law from historical, comparative, and conceptual perspectives. Noah is a leading expert on the crime of aggression—individual criminal responsibility for aggressive war—and he assisted diplomatic delegations to define the crime. His monograph on the crime of aggression was published with Princeton University Press in June 2019. 

Noah’s scholarly articles have appeared in the McGill Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal, Harvard International Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, Law and Contemporary Problems and other publications. Noah’s opinion and editorial commentary has been published in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Noah received his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School under the supervision of Dean Martha Minow. In addition to an S.J.D., Noah holds LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees, a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) as well as undergraduate degrees in Psychology (B.Sc.) and Social Work (B.S.W.) from McGill University. Prior to joining Queen’s Law, Noah was an Associate Professor at Florida International University College of Law and a visiting Assistant Professor at Duke Law School.


  • Criminal law
  • Evidence
  • International Criminal Law
  • Comparative Criminal Law
  • Public International Law
  • Law and War

Recent Professional Accomplishments:

  • Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Working Group, 2020-2021.
  • Member of the Council of Advisers on the Application of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to Cyberwarfare, 2019-2021
  • Publication of The Crime of Aggression: the Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents and Autocrats (Princeton University Press, 2019)
  • Keynote Lecture, 2017 Annual McGill Law Graduate Conference, “Self-Defense in Climates of Fear.”
  • Invited expert participating in the activation of International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the crime of aggression alongside genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, United Nations Headquarters, 2017

Selected Publications:

For a complete list of Professor Weisbord's publications, please consult his CV.

Books (Monograph)

  • Noah Weisbord, The Crime of Aggression: the Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents and Autocrats (Princeton University Press, 2019)


  • Noah Weisbord, “Licence to Khill: What Appellate Decisions Reveal About Canada’s New Self-Defence Law,” 46(1) Queen’s Law Journal 97 (2020)
  • Noah Weisbord, “Who’s Afraid of the Lucky Moose? Canada’s Dangerous Self-Defence Innovation,” 64(2) McGill Law Journal 349 (2018) (published summer 2020).
  • Noah Weisbord, “A Practitioner’s Bildungsroman: Book Review of Payam Akhavan’s In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey,” Journal of Human Rights Practice (July 2019)
  • Noah Weisbord, “Bargaining Practices: Negotiating the Kampala Compromise,” 76 (3) Law & Contemporary Problems, 85 (Winter 2014)
  • Noah Weisbord, “Judging Aggression,” 50(1) Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 82 (Winter 2012)
  • Noah Weisbord & Matthew Smith, “The Reason Behind the Rules: From Description to Normativity in International Criminal Procedure,” 36 North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation 255 (Winter 2011)
  • Noah Weisbord, “The 1990s and the Use of Force: Anxiety, Realignment and New Justifications,” 22 (1) Global Change, Peace & Security 129 (February 2010)
  • Noah Weisbord, “Conceptualizing Aggression,” 20(1) Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 1 (Fall 2009)
  • Noah Weisbord, “Prosecuting Aggression,” 49 Harvard International Law Journal 168 (Winter 2008)


  • Noah Weisbord, “Civil Society,” in The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary, Claus Kreß and Stefan Barriga, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Noah Weisbord and Carla Reyes, “War Crimes,” in International Crime and Justice, Mangai Natarajan, ed. 321 (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Opinion and Editorial