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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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Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji is chair of the ILRP’s expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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Ucheora Onwuamaegbu

CIGI Senior Fellow

Ucheora Onwuamaegbu is a CIGI senior fellow who contributes to a project addressing developing countries’ challenges and international law — a central policy issue of contemporary international investment protection law — with a focus on African countries.

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Maria Panezi

Research Fellow, ILRP

Maria Panezi is a research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She holds a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she wrote her dissertation on transparency in the World Trade Organization.

Maziar Peihani

Maziar Peihani

Research Fellow, ILRP

Maziar Peihani is a research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

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Hugo Perezcano Díaz

Deputy Director, International Economic Law

Hugo Perezcano Díaz is deputy director of international economic law with the International Law Research Program (ILRP) and was previously a CIGI senior fellow with the ILRP. Prior to joining CIGI, he was an attorney and international trade consultant in his private practice.

Teresa Scassa

Teresa Scassa

Senior Fellow

Teresa Scassa is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty, where her groundbreaking research explores issues of data ownership and control. Teresa is an award-winning scholar, and is the author and editor of five books, and over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex problems of law and data, and is currently part of the Geothink research partnership. 

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David Schneiderman

CIGI Senior Fellow

David Schneiderman is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

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Steven L. Schwarcz

CIGI Senior Fellow

Steven L. Schwarcz is a CIGI senior fellow and the Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business at Duke University. At CIGI, Steven leads research on systemic risk and financial regulation, corporate governance of systemically important firms, cross-border resolution measures and sovereign debt restructuring.

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Sara Seck

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.

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