University of Calgary

Maureen Duffy

  • Assistant Professor

Bar admissions

State of Illinois; Northern District of Illinois (federal), voluntary inactive status.


Maureen Duffy is originally from the United States, where she was a litigator in Chicago, first in private practice with Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper), then as a specialist in the area of children's rights. She worked in both the trial and the appellate divisions of the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, and later as an administrator/attorney for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Maureen has extensive trial and appellate experience. Before becoming an attorney, Maureen worked as an editor and writer in the publishing field.

Maureen holds a master's and a doctorate in law from McGill University, where she was awarded the O'Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship for her doctoral research. During her master's program at McGill, she was a researcher for the McGill Clinic for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. During her doctoral program, she participated, as a Junior Fellow with the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, in the Centre's invited filing of an Amicus Curiae pleading before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, in the "Duch" case. The pleading was later published by the Criminal Law Forum. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Maureen received the University of Calgary Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.

Centre for Military & Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, Research Fellow
International Commission of Jurists Canada, active member, former member of National Board


Law 536: International Criminal Law
Law 667: Advanced Public Law

Research/Scholarly Activities

Maureen was recently appointed as a Global Faculty Fellow at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and as a Visiting Scholar at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Maureen's research interests span several national jurisdictions, including the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia, and they include constitutional law, immigration and refugee law, national security law, and criminal procedure, as well as several areas of international law, including international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. She publishes primarily at the intersection of these various areas of law, currently in the context of national security and human rights. Her book, Detention of Terrorism Suspects: Political Discourse and Fragmented Practices, is forthcoming from Hart Publishing, an Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.

Research Areas

  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law (Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom)
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • National Security Law (the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom)
  • Criminal Procedure (Canada and the United States)
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare

Professional Service

Active Member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Canada Section (former Vice-President, Prairie Provinces)
Board member for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre

Photograph of Maureen Duffy
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