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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Tangled! Is the international law of investment framework getting more complex and fragmented or are discussions at the WTO progress toward multilateralization? WTO Event
WTO Eleventh Ministerial Conference WTO Event
Lessons from Brexit: Reconciling International and Constitutional Aspirations Brexit CIGI Papers
CIGI Traditional Knowledge Expert Group Meeting Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Knowledge Event
Innovation in Context 2: Scaling Up Innovation Event
Climate Law and Governance Day 2017: Advancing Law & Governance Contributions to Climate Action under the Paris Agreement Climate Change Event
COP23 Climate Change Event
Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI): Research & Innovation at the intersection of Climate & Blockchain Climate Change Event
Blockchain ClimateCup Round Table Climate Change, Digital Currency Conference Reports
Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference Innovation Event
Indigenous Rights and the Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources in a Renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA/CUSMA, Traditional Knowledge Event
Resource Extraction and the Human Rights of Women and Girls Gender, Human Rights Event
Sovereign Debt Restructuring Roundtable Sovereign Debt Event
World Trade Public Forum: Trade Behind the Headlines Trade Event