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

As director of international law at CIGI, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property 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 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.