PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway, International Criminal Law, 2012
Areas of Expertise
International Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law
Courses Taught in MAGA
ISS 6219: International Law and Global Security
Harry M. Rhea is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of International and Public Affairs and Assistant Professor of Law in the College of Law at Florida International University. He teaches international criminal justice, international human rights, comparative criminal justice, criminal law, and international law and global security. Dr. Rhea holds BA and MS degrees in criminal justice from Rutgers University and Saint Joseph’s University. He holds a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, School of Law. He has studied international criminal law and human rights at Oxford University, Salzburg Law School, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden - The Hague. He studied international war crimes investigations and the prevention of mass atrocities at the Institute for International Criminal Investigations and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. He is the author of a book and several articles on war crimes investigative commissions and international criminal courts. In 2013, he was awarded the Roslyn Muraskin Emerging Scholar Award from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2005, he was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society as an honorary faculty member.
In 2007, Dr. Rhea was Executive Director of the Council for American Students in International Negotiations, an NGO that strives to deepen the commitment of American students to multinational discourse through scholarship and engagement with international institutions. Also in 2007, he served as a delegation leader at the Sixth Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court. Dr. Rhea previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law. Prior to his studies, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1995 to 1999. His research focuses specifically on United States foreign policy and international criminal justice.