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York University has been given the green light to launch a $60 million public-private partnership with BlackBerry co-founder Jim Balsillie’s think tank for a joint program in international law.

A senior university committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve the plan, which includes new provisions addressing concerns raised by some Osgoode Hall law professors about York’s ability to keep research and hiring decisions free from potential interference by the Waterloo-based Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

“If I hadn’t been convinced academic freedom would be guaranteed, I would have actively opposed the idea. But the new ‘protocol’ signed by both parties protects ‘the...

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