Professor Darryl Robinson is inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.
Canada’s national academy, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today the induction of its 2023 cohort of new fellows and College members – one of the highest recognitions Canadian academics can receive. The cohort includes Professor Darryl Robinson as a new member of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Characterizing crimes against nature
As a scholar and practitioner in international criminal justice, Robinson has made substantial contributions to the development of international law, including transnational jurisprudence on crimes against humanity. His research strives to foster a more inclusive and humanistic system of international justice. Before joining Queen’s in 2008, he was an adviser at the International Criminal Court, a Legal Officer at Global Affairs Canada, and a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Antonio Cassese Prize for International Criminal Legal Studies by a body of international peers.
Commenting on the recent election to the RSC College, Robinson says: “I am honoured and touched to be included among this group of influential Canadian scholars. I hope to form new partnerships with College members who are tackling different aspects of complex problems, such as environmental crimes.”
Robinson’s current research and advocacy seeks to advance a proposed new crime of “ecocide,” which would respond to the most egregious environmental wrongdoing. While environmental harm is often treated as a mere ‘regulatory’ matter, he believes massive environmental wrongdoing should be treated in a manner commensurate with the enduring harms it inflicts on present and future generations.
Queen’s University and the Royal Society of Canada
Since 1964, Queen’s has had 119 faculty members elected as fellows of the RSC and 17 as members of the College of New Artists, Scholars, and Scientists. This includes Dean Colleen Flood and Professor Nicholas Bala, who were inducted as fellows in 2016 and 2013, respectively.
Fellows of the RSC are Canadian artists and scholars from all fields, recognized by their career contributions to the arts, humanities, sciences, and Canadian public life. Members of The College are Canadian citizens or permanent residents within up to 15 years of completion of their doctoral studies that have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment, elected for a seven-year term.
“The excellence of our faculty members is a fundamental driver of Queen’s research reputation,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Nancy Ross. “This honour acknowledges their leadership and outstanding contributions to their respective fields.”
For more information on the 2023 cohort of fellows and College members, visit the Royal Society of Canada website.
(This story is a repurposed version of the original article that appears in the Queen's Gazette.)