Monday, 25 January 2016
There is no denying that millions of Canadians are enamored with their new prime minister.Trudeau, however, faces the sober realities of delivering on numerous campaign promises, including welcoming thousands of refugees, legalizing marijuana, reforming the voting system and examining the treatment of the country's indigenous people.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
I think the followers of the UN’s Twitter account were supposed to be impressed. The institution last week sent around a video that described the Paris climate jamboree —otherwise known as the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP 21 — in terms of some really big numbers: 45,000 attendees, officials from 196 countries, 166 proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, etc.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Process itself--over and above the issues at stake--is a key determinant of negotiation success across all levels of climate change negotiation groups in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The author offers six axioms for chairs of negotiation groups that may lead to finding common ground and avoiding deadlocks.
Friday, 17 April 2015
The CIGI International Law Research Program held its first multi-stakeholder environmental law consultation workshop in Toronto on February 18, 2015. This report summarizes observations from the workshop, and recommended areas for future international law research.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
This week, CIGI Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Management at the United States Institute of Peace Pamela Aall joins co-host and CIGI Chair of Global Security David Welch for a discussion on the comprehensive new book "Managing Conflict in a World Adrift."
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
"Canada’s vocal opposition to the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) rends further the Harper government’s already tattered claim to pursuing a principled foreign policy," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
In September 2014, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 63/304, which expressed the will of many member states to move toward the development of a multilateral framework for sovereign debt restructuring.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
On December 29, 2013, the journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were arbitrarily arrested and detained in Cairo, Egypt. This case brings to light the complex web of obligations and transnational legalities regarding dual citizenship, which come to the fore during times of conflict.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Political realities provide a challenging context for climate change negotiations, including fundamental North-South differences on financial transfers and on legally binding targets. Funding is not forthcoming — the Green Climate Fund, to be disbursed to developing countries to undertake their climate actions, has yet to receive any funds. Developed countries refuse to consider making legally binding commitments to restrict emissions unless China, India and Brazil all make similar commitments. Domestic energy policy changes in the United States and the United Kingdom reveal that they are not serious about reducing emissions.
Monday, 29 September 2014
"The world should expect China to continue playing a large role and provide its expertise in the post-2015 development era," says CIGI Research Associate Benoit Hardy-Chartrand.