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Robert J Currie

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 & honours

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

Selected publications

  • Robert Currie & N. Boister, eds, Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (London: Routledge, 2015).
  • S. Coughlan et al, Law Beyond Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in an Age of Globalization (Toronto: Irwin, 2014).
  • Robert Currie, “Extradition” in Joel E. Pink & David C. Perrier, eds, From Crime to Punishment,  (Toronto: Carswell, 2014).
  • Robert Currie & Joseph Rikhof, International & Transnational Criminal Law, 2nd ed (Toronto: Irwin, 2013).
  • Robert Currie, “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).
  • Robert Currie, "The Evolution of the Law of Evidence: Plus Ça Change…?” (2011) 15 Can Crim L Rev 213.
  • Robert Currie & T. Scassa, "New First Principles? Assessing the Internet’s Challenges to Jurisdiction” (2011) 42 Geo J Int'l L 1017.
  • Robert Currie & I. Stancu, “R. v. Munyaneza: Pondering Canada’s First Core Crimes Conviction” (2010) 10 Int'l Crim L Rev 829.

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)