CIGI Senior Fellow Andrew S. Thompson is adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and chair of Amensty International Canada. He is a specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states.
Andrew 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). Andrew’s latest book, On the Side of the Angels: Canada and International Human Rights Law, 1946 to 2006, is currently under revision with UBC Press. His work has been published in The Journal of Human Rights, The 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.
Andrew was previously a senior fellow at CIGI from 2006 to 2009. 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 CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation. In 2013, Andrew 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.