CIGI's International Law Research Program is a Diamond sponsor of at the 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL).
International law experts constantly have to adapt to stay relevant in this fluctuating world. But one may wonder whether we are moving fast enough with technology? Can treaties and governance help in situations of constant changes? What about the differing levels of efficacy and enforceability? Is the current international legal system yielding enough solutions to address new crises? Most importantly, what are those potential solutions and what is the action-plan to move forward? All these issues, and more, will be discussed at the conference.
CIGI's experts will host three panels: How the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Can Help the World's Indigenous Communities in Crisis; Imagining Climate Litigation in the International Court of Justice; and Looking at Carbon Pricing to Meet the Goals of the Paris Agreement.
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.
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.
Maria Panezi is a research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She holds a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she wrote her dissertation on transparency in the World Trade Organization.