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The International Law Research Program (ILRP) at CIGI is an integrated multidisciplinary research and teaching program that provides leading academics, government and private sector legal experts, as well as students from Canada and abroad with the opportunity to contribute to advancements in international law.

The ILRP strives to be the world’s leading international law research program in a think tank environment, with recognized impact on how international law is brought to bear on significant global issues. The program’s mission is to connect knowledge, policy and practice to build the international law framework - the globalized rule of law - to support international governance of the future.

The program will focus on the areas of international law that are most important to global innovation, justice, equality, prosperity and sustainability. It seeks to collaborate with faculty and postgraduate students from universities across Ontario and beyond. For information on opportunities as they arise, please visit CIGI’s career section.

CIGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of Ontario in co-funding the CIGI International Law Research Program.

International Law Research Program's Graduate Scholarship Competition 2017-2018 is now open. Applications accepted until April 15, 2017. 

Director: Oonagh Fitzgerald

Deputy Director: Bassem Awad

Deputy Director: Markus Gehring

Deputy Director: Silvia Maciunas

Program Manager: Scott Lewis

Media Contact: Jeff Stoub



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Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Law Research Program

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. While at CIGI, her research will examine the governance structures addressing global commons environmental issues, with a special emphasis on geoengineering.

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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.

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Karima Bawa

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

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Andrea Bjorklund

CIGI Senior Fellow

Andrea Bjorklund is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective May 2015. She is full professor and holder of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. At CIGI, Andrea is researching topics in investor-state arbitration.

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Enrique Boone Barrera

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Enrique Boone Barrera is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.M. from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. (Civil Law) from McGill University. At CIGI, he will research international investment governance and how to make investment law more responsive to the rights and concerns of all interested parties.  

John Borrows

John Borrows

CIGI Senior Fellow

John Borrows is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, John will provide guidance and help shape the program’s international indigenous law research. He is also the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre.

John is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honour, and a 2012 recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (IPC) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honour and integrity in service to indigenous communities. John is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

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Marc Bungenberg

CIGI Senior Fellow

Marc Bungenberg is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is director of the Europa-Institut and a professor of public law, European law and public international law at Saarland University, permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne and member of the scientific advisory board to the International Investment Law Centre in Cologne.

Peter Burn

CIGI Senior Fellow

Peter Burn is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. He is focused on the design of effective climate change measures that are not a disguised restriction on international trade. Formerly a counsel in a leading Canadian law firm, he has recently been appointed a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). 

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Wil Burns

CIGI Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective July 2015. Until recently, he served as director of the Energy Policy & Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, and now serves as co-director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

Marsha Cadogan

Marsha Cadogan


Marsha Cadogan is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective November 2016. Her research is focused on the interrelationship between geographical indications and trademark laws in a Canadian and global context. Her research also includes the intersection between intellectual property rights and innovation policies.



Nov 19

Innovation in Context

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 4:51 PM
407 rue Saint Pierre Espace A