Aaron Shull

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.

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International Law
Internet Governance
Cyber Security and Espionage


As CIGI’s managing director and general counsel, Aaron Shull acts as a strategic liaison between CIGI’s research initiatives and other departments while managing CIGI’s legal affairs and advising senior management on a range of legal, operational and policy matters.

A member of CIGI’s executive team, Aaron provides guidance and advice on matters of strategic and operational importance, while working closely with partners and other institutions to further CIGI’s mission. He also serves as corporate secretary.

Aaron is an expert on cyber security issues. He coordinated the CIGI essay series Governing Cyberspace during a Crisis in Trust. In his introduction, he argues that more robust international norms for cyber security are a national imperative for Canada.

Prior to joining CIGI, Aaron practised law for a number of organizations, focusing on international, regulatory and environmental law. He has taught courses at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and was previously a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Aaron graduated from the University of Waterloo, placing first in his class as a departmental scholar, with a B.A. (honours) in history and political science. His keen interest in international affairs and political history led him to pursue an M.A. in international affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he graduated with distinction. He concurrently pursued his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated cum laude with first class honours. Aaron received his LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

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Fake News and Elections: What We Need to Know Before Heading to the Polls Democracy, Platform Governance Event
Governing Cyberspace during a Crisis in Trust Cybersecurity, Platform Governance, Surveillance & Privacy Essay Series
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Defending Democracy: Cyber Security and the 2019 Federal Election Democracy Video
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