Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020.
In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

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Expertise
Social responsibility and corporate governance
International and domestic public law
National security law
Commercial law in public context

Bio

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020.
In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law. She has extensive experience as a senior executive in the federal government, providing legal services and leadership in international law, constitutional law and human rights law. In her last posting before joining CIGI in 2014, Oonagh served as national security coordinator for the Department of Justice. Oonagh has a B.F.A. (Hons.) from York University (1977). She obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (1981) and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. She obtained an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa (1990), a doctorate of juridical science (S.J.D.) from the University of Toronto (1994) and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University (2007). She has taught various courses in the Faculty of Law (Common Law) and Telfer Business School at the University of Ottawa and in the Department of Law at Carleton University.

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American Society of International Law Annual Meeting Brexit Event
Brexit Continuously Shows Us International Laws Are Not as Stable as We Thought Brexit, NAFTA/CUSMA Opinion
Revisiting Women's Economic Empowerment Gender, WTO Opinion
How Canada is Advancing Global Action on Climate Change Climate Change Video
Brexit Deal Defeated: What's Next? Brexit Opinion
The European Court of Justice Ruling Could Be May's Deus ex Machina Brexit Opinion
Business on Traditional Lands: A Conversation with Phil Fontaine Indigenous Peoples Opinion
UNDRIP Implementation: More Reflections on the Braiding of International, Domestic and Indigenous Laws Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Special Reports
Humanizing Climate Change: A Conversation with Sheila Watt-Cloutier Arctic, Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples Opinion
Has Canada Mishandled Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia? Trade, WTO Opinion
Reflections on Canada’s Past, Present and Future in International Law Democracy, Diplomacy Books
Reflections: A Conversation with Editors Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Valerie Hughes and Mark Jewett Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Investor State Arbitration Video
Reshaping Trade through Women's Economic Empowerment Gender, Trade Essay Series
Ontario’s Intellectual Property Strategy: Supporting the Knowledge-based Economy Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Conference Reports