The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Armand de Mestral as Senior Fellow with the think-tank’s International Law Research Program, effective immediately.

At CIGI, de Mestral leads a project addressing a central policy issue of contemporary international investment protection law: is investor state arbitration suitable between developed liberal democratic countries?

An expert in international economic law, de Mestral is professor emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University. He has taught constitutional law, Law of the Sea, public international law, international trade law, international arbitration, European Union law and public international air law.

“Armand de Mestral’s knowledge of public international law, including international economic law, is profound and far reaching. I am pleased that he is joining the International Law Research Program, as his research at CIGI will make important advancements in our understanding of investor state arbitration,” says Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

"I am delighted to take this opportunity offered by CIGI to examine a major public policy issue of great interest in Canada and abroad,” said de Mestral.

De Mestral's current research interest is the law of international economic integration. He has prepared books, articles and studies in English and French on international trade law and on Canadian and comparative constitutional and international law. He has served on World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlements and public and private arbitration tribunals. He was made Member of the Order of Canada in December 2007.

The International Law Research Program at CIGI is a 10-year, $60 million initiative jointly funded by CIGI and Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The law program leverages academic, business and governmental perspectives to improve international law for better global governance. The program strengthens understandings of international law by connecting knowledge, policy and practice.  The program focuses on international economic law, international intellectual property law and international environmental law. To learn more about the program and Armand de Mestral, please visit:

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
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