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Nicole De Silva

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Academic Director, Political Science Co-op Program

Nicole De Silva
David Ward
Office: S-H 1225-65 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4090
Website(s): Personal Website


DPhil in International Relations, University of Oxford
MPhil in International Relations, University of Oxford
BSocSc in International Development & Globalization, University of Ottawa

Teaching activities

Courses Taught

  • POLI 214 Human Rights: An Overview
  • POLI 486 Advanced Seminar in International Relations
  • POLI 687/812 Special Topics in International Politics ("Human Rights in International Politics")

Research Activities

My interdisciplinary research draws on political science and law to address questions broadly relating to international cooperation, and regional and global governance. I am currently focusing on the politics of international courts, particularly in the areas of human rights and and international criminal justice. I have explored how international courts are strategic actors that use various activities "outside the courtroom" to promote greater compliance with international law, and lately I have studied African states' opposition to the International Criminal Court and efforts to create alternative mechanisms for international criminal justice in Africa. For this research, I have received awards from the International Studies Association-International Organization Section (2014), British International Studies Association (2016), and the International Studies Association-Human Rights Section (2017).

For more information on my academic research, teaching, and policy work, please see my website.

Selected Publications

Nicole De Silva, "A Human Rights Approach to Emergency Response? The Advocacy of Canada's Human Rights Commissions during the COVID-19 Crisis," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 2020.

Nicole De Silva, “The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights” in Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce (eds), International Law’s Objects (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Nicole De Silva, “International Courts’ Socialization Strategies for Actual and Perceived Performance” in Theresa Squatrito, Oran Young, Geir Ulfstein, and Andreas Føllesdal (eds), The Performance of International Courts and Tribunals (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Nicole De Silva, “Intermediary Complexity in Regulatory Governance: The International Criminal Court’s Use of NGOs in Regulating International Crimes,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 670, no. 1, 2017.


Concordia Affiliations

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