Dr Michael Nesbitt

Dr. Michael Nesbitt

Pronouns: He/Him


Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.2204


Office: MFH4314


Educational Background

SJD University of Toronto, 2013

LLM International Law, New York University School of Law, 2005

LL.B. University of Ottawa, 2004

BA (Hons) Commerce, Queen's University, 2001


Michael teaches, researches, practices (law) and consults in the areas of Canadian and comparative criminal law and evidence, anti-terrorism laws, national security law and policy, and autonomous and economic sanctions. He is a Fellow with the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies and an Editor with the Law and Criminology Journal (https://lcj.ugent.be).

Before joining the Faculty of Law in July 2015 he practiced law and worked on Middle East policy, autonomous sanctions, human rights and anti-terrorism for Global Affairs Canada. Previously, he completed his articles and worked for Canada's Department of Justice, where his focus was criminal law. Michael has also worked internationally for the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Appeals Chamber.

His current research projects include a study on foreign interference in Canada, a book project on comparative terrorism prosecutions and sentencing practices, and an evaluation of Canada's autonomous sanctions regimes.


Areas of Research

Criminal Law, National Security Law and Policy, Anti-terrorism law, Autonomous Sanctions, Comparative Anti-Terrorism Law

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
LAW 410 Crime: Law & Procedure
LAW 644 National Security Law Lab
LAW 653 Directed Research
Law 507 Evidence
Law 601 Autonomous Sanctions & Import/Export Restrictions


  • Panel member, "Counter-extremism in Canada and abroad". Philippe Kirsch Institute. (2017)
  • Panel member, "Carding in Calgary: How Police Check-Ups Occur in Calgary and Why?". Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association. (2016)