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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, 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: 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.

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

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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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

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

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.

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Ana Cristina Carvalho

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ana Cristina Carvalho is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, she will undertake advanced interdisciplinary research on both environmental law and intellectual property law. Prior to joining CIGI, Ana Cristina worked as an attorney and was a professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil.



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