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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Ontario’s Intellectual Property Strategy: Supporting the Knowledge-based Economy Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Conference Reports
The Importance of Women’s Economic Empowerment in World Trade Gender, Trade, WTO Video
A Conversation With Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Eva Lein Editors of Complexity’s Embrace Brexit Video
Trade Equality: Women's Economic Empowerment Diversity & Inclusion, Gender, Trade Video
Reuniting Trade and Human Rights Human Rights, Trade Opinion
Saving the Planet: Overcoming Challenges of Emissions Monitoring and Climate Engineering Climate Change Video
Roundtable Discussion on Data Governance and Strategy Big Data Event
Trade and Climate Change: Synergies and Conflicts Climate Change Event
Progress on the Governance of Climate Change Regulations in Shipping Climate Change Event
Thinking Through Intellectual Property Issues: Charting a Path Forward Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Conference Reports
Thinking Through Intellectual Property Rights: Sovereign Patent Funds and Educational Supports for Business Intellectual Property, Patents Conference Reports
Thinking Through Intellectual Property Issues: Improving Ontario’s Innovation Performance Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Conference Reports
Support for Gender-responsive Trade Policies at WTO Ministerial Conference Gender, Trade, WTO Opinion
Saving the Crown Jewel: Strengthening the WTO Dispute Settlement System During Turbulent Times WTO Event