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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.

Director: Oonagh Fitzgerald

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation: Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, Environmental Law: Silvia Maciunas

Deputy Director, International Economic Law: Hugo Perezcano Díaz

Program Manager: Scott Lewis

Media Contact: Kristy Smith

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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property (IP) law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, he was CIGI research fellow from September 2014 to January 2016.

James Bacchus

James Bacchus

Senior Fellow

James Bacchus is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, as well as the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida. 

Margo A. Bagley

Margo A. Bagley 

CIGI Senior Fellow

Margo A. Bagley is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, where she serves as a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group. At CIGI, she will be researching the intersection of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s draft Design Law Treaty with disclosure of origin requirements for traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions and the promise and peril of defensive protection for traditional knowledge. Margo also leads a number of case studies analyzing the instituted governance regime for traditional knowledge and genetic resources in Colombia and Ecuador.

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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

Research Fellow

Enrique Boone Barrera is a research fellow in the International Law Research Program, focusing on international investment governance, and sustainable investment in particular.

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.

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Wil Burns

CIGI Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, involved in the program’s research on climate geoengineering governance. Wil has published more than 75 articles in law, policy and science journals and has co-edited five books. He holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law.

Marsha Cadogan

Marsha Cadogan

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Law Research Program

Marsha S. Cadogan is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). Her research at CIGI is focused on the interrelationship between geographical indications (GIs) and trademark laws, as well as the global implications of GIs in preferential free trade agreements.

Aldo Chircop

Aldo Chircop

CIGI Senior Fellow

Aldo Chircop is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program and professor of law and Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. 

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