John McGarry’s work has helped shape political institutions and policing in societies experiencing ethnic and national conflict. His expertise in constitutional design and power-sharing has had a significant influence on the United Nations and public policy in a number of countries. A political scientist at Queen’s University, he has also taught at the University of Waterloo and Western University.
His publications have created new possibilities for peace and democracy around the world. McGarry’s work on policing in Northern Ireland, for example, had a crucial impact on the Report of the Independent Commission on Policing Reform, representing a major step in Northern Ireland’s peace process.