The International Law Research Program is pleased to invite applications for post-doctoral fellowships for research in one or more of the ILRP areas of focus, set out below. The ILRP invites doctoral students who are completing their SJD/PhD in Law and those who have completed such a degree in the last two years to apply for these post-doctoral fellowships. The ILRP will be engaging up to 4 post-doctoral fellows in 2017. The ILRP post-doctoral fellowship program aims to develop world-class intellectual strength in the areas of international law that are most important to global innovation, prosperity, sustainability and security. 

Introduction to ILRP
The ILRP’s vision is to strive to be the world’s leading international law think tank on international governance, with recognized impact on how international law is brought to bear on significant global issues. Our mission is to seek to connect knowledge, policy and practice to build the international law framework – the globalized rule of law – to support international governance of the future. Our founding belief is that better international governance including a strengthened international law framework can improve the lives of people everywhere, increase prosperity, ensure global sustainability, address inequality and safeguard human rights, and promote a more secure world. The ILRP scholarship program aims to develop world-class intellectual strength in the areas of international law that are most important to global innovation, prosperity, sustainability and security.

The ILRP’s areas of research focus
In consultation with public, private, academic and civil society sector experts in international and transnational law, the ILRP has developed a research work plan focused on advancing knowledge and understanding in three vital areas of international law, set out below. In pursuing its work plan, the ILRP is interested in empirical case studies, analysis of the efficacy of international law regimes, and interdisciplinary research that considers the impacts on human security, rights and development. The ILRP is also developing a research agenda on international indigenous law issues that cross-cut its three areas of research focus: 

1. International economic law:

  • Emerging issues in international financial law, particularly: 
    - Transnational governance and regulation of insolvency and sovereign debt
    - New technologies, such as blockchain, and financial law
  • Emerging issues in international trade law, particularly:
    - Multilateral and preferential trade agreements in times of economic nationalism
    - Renegotiating NAFTA and a progressive trade agenda
    - Sub-federal government and trade negotiations
  • Emerging issues in international investment law, particularly:
    - Investor-State arbitration and the emerging investment court system 
    - Home state responsibilities and Investor obligations

2. International intellectual property (IIP) law and innovation:

  • Modernizing international and domestic legal frameworks for Internet governance and the new frontiers of IP rights in the Fourth Industrial Age; 
  • Creating international and domestic legal frameworks and policies to encourage green/clean technology development and transfer; 
  • Developing IIP mechanisms for open and collaborative innovation; 
  • Evaluating the impacts of preferential trade agreements on IIP rights; 
  • Management of IP rights including IP evaluation, IP strategy, IP commercialisation and university-generated IP; 
  • Developing best practice models for the protection of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expression. 

3. International environmental law:

  • The climate change regime: including Rules development for the Paris Agreement and new approaches to implementing climate change commitment including international, transnational, national and sub national legal, policy and market based instruments;
  • Linkages between international instruments addressing environment and other legal instruments, in particular the intersection of climate change law with trade and investment law, shipping and aviation law, indigenous law, fisheries and finance, and other areas; 
  • Oceans Law: Linkages with climate and climate law, exploration of the liability regime for Deep Sea Bed Mining under Law of the Sea, preparation of recommendations on negotiations on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction; 
  • International governance for global environmental issues, including global approaches and exploration of issues of effectiveness and implementation and compliance under existing international instruments.

4. International Indigenous law

  • Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian la
  • Increasing participation of Indigenous peoples in International Law and Treaty-making
  • Interlinkages between international trade and investment law and Indigenous trade.

Application Process

  1. Statement of Interest, indicating why you wish to spend a period of post-doctoral residency at CIGI's ILRP;
  2. Explanation of how you propose to contribute to the current and future ILRP research agenda (not more than 1,500-words) describing your proposed research projects related to one or more of the ILRP areas of focus;
  3. Up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  4. Three references, at least two of which are academic references;
  5. A list of previous awards/publications/conference/research experience; and
  6. Official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions.

Evaluation criteria
The selection committee will consider the following:

  1. the potential of the candidate including education, training, experience, and academic achievement (on the basis of transcripts, reference letters, publications)
  2. the ability of the candidate to successfully complete the proposed contributions to the ILRP research agenda and to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams to achieve the ILRP deliverables;
  3. the usefulness and quality of the candidate’s proposed contribution to the ILRP areas of focus.

Candidates will be selected based on past academic and work performance, letters of reference, statement of interest, professional goals, relevance of the postdoctoral fellow’s proposed contribution to the ILRP areas of research focus, and ability to collaborate with ILRP researchers to achieve the CIGI deliverables. 

Interested applicants are invited to send a cover letter, resume and supporting documents along with salary expectations to [email protected]. We appreciate all candidates’ applications but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIGI is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment. Our goal is to attract and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We are committed to providing accommodation to applicants throughout the recruitment and hiring process.