The purpose of this consultation workshop was to discuss emerging issues in international trade and investment law, to develop a more detailed research agenda, and to identify research partners who would be interested in collaborating with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

Topics included: plurilateral versus multilateral trade agreements; trade subsidies; improving processes in investor-state dispute settlement; and investor-state arbitration between developed economies. The conference concluded with discussion about opportunities for specific and tangible research projects on international trade and international investment law.



  • Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.