Peter A Allard School of Law

James Stewart

B.A. (Phil), L.L.B (Wellington), D.E.A (Genève), J.S.D. (Columbia)


My research interests are eclectic and interconnected.
First, I have spent a number of years working in international criminal law as a witness, a prosecutor and a scholar. I began my career working with victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide within local settings and in Rwandan prisons. The experience informed much of my work at the intersection of theory and practice in international criminal justice.
Second, I am interested in international human rights and humanitarian law, both of which I’ve taught for many years. I have also collaborated with a number of human rights and humanitarian law organisations in various parts of the world over the past decades. I continuously attempt to contribute to and learn from a symbiosis between theory with practice.
Third, my research and teaching are intimately connected to jurisprudence and the philosophy of law. Drawing on an undergraduate degree in philosophy, I teach classes that address theories of law, critical perspectives on law and conceptions of global justice. I am convinced that a grounding in these subjects is practically indispensable in navigating the politics of justice.
Fourth, I am interested in neurodiversity and disability. I am proudly Dyslexic, which defines my experience and work in profound ways (my work is, for instance, eclectic, transcendental of paradigms and solution oriented). A portion of my work moving forward is focused on longstanding injustices in formal education and their connection with global illiteracy.
I love tennis, French hip-hop and woodworking.

James Stewart

Research Interests

  • Comparative law
  • Human rights
  • International humanitarian law
  • International law

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