CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) is delighted to host a one-day symposium on “International Environmental Governance and Innovation.” This symposium will focus on innovative legal and comparative approaches for translating international environmental law obligations from theory to practice. Those attending will have a unique opportunity to hear from, and discuss these issues with, practitioners and jurists involved in environmental compliance and implementation, environmental justice, and governance challenges relating to climate geoengineering and emission capture technology.
This event coincides with the Sixth International Four Societies Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), also being hosted by CIGI’s ILRP. The Four Societies meeting, “International law, Innovation, and the Environment” will be held in Waterloo on CIGI Campus from July 21 to 22.
Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
Risa Schwartz is a senior research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. In this role, Risa will examine whether international environmental agreements have the potential to trigger the duty to consult and accommodate with Aboriginal people and what this would mean for policy makers in Canada and beyond. Prior to joining CIGI, Risa was counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario.