Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science;
Program Officer, Global Governance Programs
University of Waterloo

Areas of Expertise
UN Human Rights System, International Human Rights Law, Fragile States, and Civil Society

Andrew S. Thompson is an adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is a specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements, and fragile states. He is the author and co-editor of four books, Fixing Haiti: MINUSTAH and Beyond (UNUP, 2011)In Defence of Principles: NGOs and Human Rights in Canada (UBCP, 2010), Critical Mass: The Emergence of Global Civil Society (CIGI/WLUP 2008), and Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State (CIGI/WLUP 2006), and his work has been published in The Journal of Human RightsThe Journal of Canadian Studies, and the American Review of Canadian Studies. He has also appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.

From 2006 to 2009 he was a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo. In 2004, he was a member of an Amnesty International human rights lobbying and fact-finding mission to Haiti, and in 2011 he was elected to Amnesty International Canada’s Executive Board. Also in 2011, he was named to the advisory editorial board of the Global Civil Society Report, the annual report of the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS), and in 2013 was named to the boards of the International Migration Research Centre and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Waterloo.

His latest book On the Side of Angels: Canada and International Human Rights Law, 1946 to 2006 is currently under review.

Recent Publications

Andrew Thompson. “Tehran 1968 and Reform of the UN Human Rights System,” Journal of Human Rights (forthcoming)

Andrew Thompson. “Creeping Beyond Balance? Reconciling Security and Human Rights in Uncertain Times,” in Targeted Transnationals: Policies and Discourses Take Aim at Arab Canadians, Bessma Momani and Jenna Hennebry (eds.) (Vancouver: University of British Columbia University Press, 2013)

Andrew Thompson. Fixing Haiti: MINUSTAH and Beyond, (co-edited with Jorge Heine) (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2011).

Andrew Thompson. In Defence of Principles: NGOs and Human Rights Norms in Canada (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010).

Andrew Thompson. “Beyond Expression: Amnesty International’s Decision to Oppose Capital Punishment, 1973,” Journal of Human Rights 7, no. 4 (Winter 2008).

Andrew Thompson. “Transnational Christian Charity: The Canadian Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the Hungarian Refugee Crisis, 1956-1957,” (co-authored with Stephanie Bangarth), American Review of Canadian Studies 38, no. 3 (Autumn 2008)

Andrew Thompson. “Uneasy Abolitionists: Canada, the Death Penalty, and the Importance of International Norms, 1963-2005,” Journal of Canadian Studies 42, no. 3 (Autumn 2008)

Andrew Thompson. Critical Mass: The Emergence of Global Civil Society (co-edited with James W. St.G. Walker) (Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, February 2008).

Andrew Thompson. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State (co-edited with Yasmine Shamsie) (Waterloo, Ontario: Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, May 2006).

Updated July, 2014