CIGI Symposium: International Environmental Governance and Innovation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM
CIGI Campus , 67 Erb St. W., Waterloo
Private Event: Workshop
Jul 20

Participation in this event is by invitation only

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.

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. 

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

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.