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Robert J Currie

Associate Professor of Law; Director, Law & Technology Institute

Schulich School of Law , Law & Technology Institute

Email: robert.currie@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1012
Mailing Address: 
Room 434, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • International criminal law
  • Social media law
  • New media law
  • National security
  • International litigation
  • International and comparative law
  • Cyberbullying
  • Evidence
  • Extradition
  • Civil procedure
  • Criminal law


  • BA Hons (St FX)
  • MA (Carleton)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)
  • LLM (Edinburgh)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 2000


  • International Law (LAWS 2012)
  • Evidence (LAWS 2008)
  • Jessup Moot (LAWS 2103)
  • International Criminal Law (LAWS 2197)
  • Intensive Course - Cross-Border Litigation in an Applied Context (with R. Adler, Winter term)  (LAWS 2264)

Research interests

Professor Currie is a specialist in the area of international and transnational criminal law, and he teaches a seminar course in this subject. His 2010 book, International and Transnational Criminal Law, was shortlisted for the Walter Owen Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Literature in 2011. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and comments in this field and his work has been cited by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Selected awards and honours

  • 2008 - Dalhousie Law Students’ Society and Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching

Selected publications

  • Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (London: Routledge, 2015) (co-editor w/ N. Boister)
  • Law Beyond Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in an Age of Globalization (Toronto: Irwin, 2014) (w/ S. Coughlan, H. Kindred & T. Scassa)
  • “Extradition” in Joel E. Pink & David C. Perrier, eds., From Crime to Punishment, 8th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2014)
  • International & Transnational Criminal Law, 2nd ed (Toronto: Irwin, 2013) (w/ Joseph Rikhof)
  • “A Tale of Two Brothers: The Impact of the Khadr Cases on Canadian Anti-Terrorism Law,” in C. Forcese & F. Crépeau, eds., Terrorism, Law and Democracy: Ten Years After 9/11 (Montreal: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2012)
  • "The Evolution of the Law of Evidence: Plus Ça Change…?” (2011) 15 Canadian Criminal Law Review 213.
  • "New First Principles? Assessing the Internet’s Challenges to Jurisdiction” (2011) 42 Georgetown Journal of International Law 1017 (w/ T. Scassa).
  • R. v. Munyaneza: Pondering Canada’s First Core Crimes Conviction” (2010) 10 International Criminal Law Review 829 (w/ I. Stancu).

Service & activity

  • Coach of the Schulich School of Law’s Jessup Moot team
  • Director of the Law and Technology Institute
  • Faculty Associate of the Marine and Environmental Law Institute
  • Member of the Faculty for the Federation of Law Societies’ National Criminal Law Program
  • Vice-President and a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian IT Law Association (IT Can)