Freedom-Kai Phillips joined CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) as a research associate in 2016. At CIGI, his research interests include international environmental law, with a focus on marine and terrestrial biodiversity, traditional knowledge and climate change.

Freedom-Kai provides legal research in support of the ILRP’s international environmental law stream, examining law and governance innovations and tools for implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, Freedom-Kai is assessing law and governance innovations for realizing the SDGs, including but not limited to water, access to justice and biodiversity. 

In addition to his work at CIGI, Freedom-Kai is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Environmental Law, and a legal research fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. Prior to that, Freedom-Kai served as interim executive director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Freedom-Kai holds a master of laws from the University of Ottawa, a bachelor of laws from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, a master of arts in diplomacy and international relations from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and an honours bachelor of science from Eastern Michigan University.

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