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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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Myra J. Tawfik

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Myra J. Tawfik leads a project that explores strategies for capacity-building in intellectual property (IP) literacy, IP strategy and access to cost-effective and meaningful IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Myra is also the EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy and the academic director and founder of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Windsor.

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Andrew Torrance

CIGI SENIOR FELLOW

Andrew Torrance is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective July 2016. He is also the Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Hector Torres

Hector Torres

CIGI Senior Fellow

Hector Torres is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, effective April 2017. He is a former executive director at the International Monetary Fund. At the World Trade Organization (WTO), he served on the Task Force on Financial Crisis and was the coordinator of Technical Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean. At CIGI, Hector will conduct research on global governance reform, on the Group of Twenty and WTO ministerial, and on promoting legal coherence in global policy making.

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Basil Ugochukwu

Research Fellow, ILRP

Basil Ugochukwu is a research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.B. (Common Law) from Abia State University, an LL.M. from Central European University in Hungary, a teaching certificate from York University and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. At CIGI, he will research how legal reasoning in environmental cases supports or displaces the efforts to link environmental practices to corporate social responsibility. 

Brigitte Vézina

Brigitte Vézina

CIGI Fellow

Brigitte Vézina is a fellow with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and an international intellectual property (IP) law consultant at Brigitte Vézina – Law & Culture.

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Ton Zuijdwijk

CIGI Senior Fellow

Ton Zuijdwijk is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. The focus of his research is on international trade law, particularly as it relates to intellectual property. He also follows closely the repercussions of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, for Europe and for the Canada-UK relationship in the post-Brexit era.

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