Peter A Allard School of Law

James Stewart

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


Professor James G Stewart has spent the past twenty years working in international criminal justice, as either a practitioner or a scholar. He joined the University of British Columbia Law Faculty in August 2009, after spending two years as an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School in New York. Before then, he was an Appeals Counsel with the Prosecution of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He also worked for the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and as a Senior Legal Advisor (part-time) to judges of the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

He holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in both law and philosophy, a Diplôme d’études approfondies in international humanitarian law at the Université de Genève and a JSD at Columbia Law School. He has received the Cassese Prize in International Criminal Justice, a Open Society Fellowship, and was a Global Hauser Fellow at NYU Law School for his research on the relationship between atrocity commerce, and international criminal law.  Different aspects of his scholarship have been translated into French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic and are cited by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court.

In June 2019, he gave four public lectures about the history and future of international criminal justice at the Collège de France. This research, together with a blog on associated issues, is available online at

stewart profile

Research Interests

  • Criminal law and criminal justice
  • International law

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