Building a New and Inclusive International Rule of Law for the Environment

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Boardroom 6, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Public Event: Conference
Aug 10

As part of the 77th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) is delighted to host a free public panel themed “Building a New and Inclusive International Rule of Law for the Environment.”  This symposium will focus on innovative law and governance approaches for building a new and inclusive international environmental law. Chaired by CIGI ILRP Director Dr. Oonagh Fitzgerald, this panel of international law experts will provide insights from practice and in-depth research as to how to make a more inclusive global rule of law for the environment.

Chair and Moderator:
Oonagh Fitzgerald (CIGI): Building a New and Inclusive International Rule of Law for the Environment


  • Damilola Olawuyi (CIGI): International Environmental Law and the Global South: Framing the Issues 
  • Louis Kotzé (North-West University): Human Rights, the Environment, and the Global South
  • Risa Schwartz (CIGI): Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Environmental Law
  • Bernard Colas (CMKZ): Legal and Institutional Barriers to the Transfer of Environmentally Sustainable Technology (ESTs) from North to South
  • Markus Gehring (CIGI): The EU’s Relation with Developing Countries – Legal Innovation and Strategies to Overcome North-South Divides
  • Patrícia Galvão Ferreira (CIGI): The Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals and the Evolution of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities’ Principle in Environmental Treaties

Event Speakers

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Damilola S. Olawuyi is deputy director of international environmental law, with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, he provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of CIGI’s international environmental law research and training programs. 

Louis Kotzé is research professor of law at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa where he also teaches in the post-graduate LL.M. programme in Environmental Law and Governance. He is serving a concurrent term as visiting professor of environmental law at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Risa Schwartz is a sole practitioner, focusing on international law and the intersections between trade and investment law, environmental law and Indigenous rights. Risa formerly worked as a senior research fellow at CIGI, as counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment, and as a legal officer at the WTO.

Bernard Colas is a CIGI senior fellow and a partner at CMKZ — Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, an international trade and business law firm based in Montreal. 

Markus Gehring is a CIGI senior fellow focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

Patrícia Galvão Ferreira is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. While at CIGI, she will research the evolution of transnational regulatory initiatives to address climate change and examine how Canada can contribute to promote compliance among emerging economies with large emissions.