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A private think tank founded by former BlackBerry executive Jim Balsillie is launching a retooled $60-million program for research in international law, hoping to push the reset button after controversy scuttled a previous partnership with York University.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will fund up to 19 research fellowships and 20 graduate scholarships through Ontario universities with a $30-million gift from Mr. Balsillie and a matching amount from the Ontario government. The funds are committed for 10 years, supporting research into laws around economics and finance, intellectual property and the environment.

Instead of basing the program at a single university,...

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