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Atmospheric Trust Litigation: A Potential Tool in the Search for Climate Justice in the United States

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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To kick off a week of sessions on translating climate change obligations from theory to practice, Professor of Law at Florida A&M College of Law and CIGI guest speaker Randall Abate delivered a timely talk on the role of the judicial system in limiting the effects of climate change. CIGI Senior Fellow David Estrin’s recent paper on the emerging trend of citizen suits and domestic courts in tackling climate change assessed recent examples of judicial systems around the world holding governments accountable to their climate targets. To give us a U.S. perspective on the topic, we caught up with Abate to ask him a few questions about climate litigation and the evolution of environmental justice.

Brexit has happened - so what?

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Britain's exit from the European Union(EU), is being termed one of the most catastrophic shots to the global economy. However, the more pressing question of how Brexit impacts ordinary citizens of the UK and the EU, as well as, what the dynamics in the UK post-Brexit look like, are equally as pressing. To gain new insight into these questions and more, we sit down with global economy expert and Claude & Lore Kelly Professor of European Studies at Princeton University Harold James.

What Are the Legal and Constitutional Impacts of Brexit?

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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On June 24 2016, it was confirmed that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. In the days that followed, many observers are asking the same question: what now? To help us understand the legal and constitutional impacts of the referendum vote results, we sit down with Markus Gehring, Deputy Director of the economic law research stream within CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

Three Amigos Summit: A North American Commitment to Clean Energy and Climate Action

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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To help us understand the significance of the North American climate and clean energy goals and how they fit with Paris Agreement commitments, we sit down with CIGI’s Deputy Director of the International Law Research Program Environmental Law Stream, Damilola S. Olawuyi.

Three Amigos Summit: Spotlight on Migration

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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In the aftermath of Britain's exit from the European Union, it has been widely remarked that North America could very well begin to stake out a clearer place for itself in the international system. As Canadian PM Justin Trudeau hosts his American and Mexican counter-parts at this year's Three Amigos Summitt, mutually shared concerns and interests will be undoubtedly discussed. To help us understand the issue of migration and why it will feature so prominently in this year's summit we sit down with CIGI fellow and global security expert Andrew Thompson.

Key Economic and Security Issues at Japan G7 Summit

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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This week, G7 leaders meet in Ise-Shima, Japan for the forty-second G7 summit. To learn more about the G7’s relevance, the importance of diplomatic engagements taking place before the summit, and key issues that will be discussed in Ise-Shima, we speak to CIGI global economy expert Thomas A. Bernes and global security expert Benoit Hardy-Chartrand.

TTIP leak unlikely to affect CETA approval, CIGI’s Leblond says

Monday, May 16, 2016
Interview
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been in the headlines this month, following a leak of classified documents. Some European officials have said the proposed deal, a massive free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, is now in jeopardy. But what does this mean for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada’s own free trade agreement with the European Union? We asked Senior Fellow Patrick Leblond, an expert on CETA, to provide some insights.

World IP Day: Ghana Establishes IP Strategy to Build Industries and Address Unemployment

Monday, April 25, 2016
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In the second of a two-part interview on World IP Day, CIGI Senior Fellow and IP expert Myra Tawfik caught up with Professor Emmanuel Bobobee, chairman of the National IP Policy Committee in Ghana.

World IP Day: Switzerland Gives Ghana the Tools to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

Monday, April 25, 2016
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There are lessons to be learned from the Ghanaian example and, in this vein and in celebration of World IP Day 2016, we conducted a two-part interview to learn more about Ghana’s IP initiatives. This is the first of those conversations, with Daniel Lauchenauer, Deputy Head of Cooperation/Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland in Ghana.

Canada, the Paris Agreement and the Global Economy: What’s Next?

Friday, April 22, 2016
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On Friday, April 22, countries that committed to limit global warming in the Paris Climate Change Agreement will officially sign the deal. In working to understand the economic implications of this agreement for developed and developing countries alike, we sit down with several of CIGI's Global Economy Program experts to discuss the global significance of this agreement.

Stakes, Risks and Paris 2016: Fixing Climate Change After COP21

Friday, April 22, 2016
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As heads of state and ministers from around the world head to New York to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, we sit down with CIGI Distinguished Fellow and President of the Board of Directors at the Pembina Institute David Runnalls and ask why signing this treaty matters and what we can expect to come from it.

Nuclear Security Summit 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Today marks the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, a forum for leaders to engage with each other and reinforce our commitment at the highest levels to securing nuclear materials. This past year, the security and stability of the international community was threatened by the emergence of the Islamic State and mounting tensions between North and South Korea. To learn more about how the nuclear security community will react to the challenges faced in 2015 and those looming in the year to come, we speak to CIGI Research Associate Simon Palamar.
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