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Populist Movements: A Driving Force behind Recent Renationalization Trends

September 2, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 9
Anna Klimbovskaia and Jonathan Diab
Populist uprisings often call for the renationalization or buying back of public goods that were originally privatized as a result of austerity measures established and disseminated by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Toward SDG 2: Food Security and Urbanization in the Global South

August 28, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 8
David Celis Parra, Krista Dinsmore, Nicole Fassina, and Charlene Keizer
Urban food insecurity is distinct from that experienced in rural areas and must be addressed through a different set of policies. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2 recommends that governments aim to improve food security and nutrition over the next 15 years in response to the global challenge of fostering sustainability.

A Model-law Approach to Restructuring Unsustainable Sovereign Debt

August 21, 2015
Policy Brief No. 64
Unresolved sovereign debt problems are hurting debtor nations, their citizens and their creditors, and can pose serious systemic threats to the international financial system. A model-law approach, in which a proposed Sovereign Debt Restructuring Model Law would be enacted in New York or English law (or both), would lead to a systematic legal resolution framework for countries in severe debt crises.

Enhancing Women Migrant Workers' Rights and Mainstreaming Gender in Global Migration Governance

August 5, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 7
Bethlehem Daniel and Michael Gordon
According to the International Organization for Migration, female migrants constituted approximately 50 percent of the share of the total migrant stock in 2013. The feminization of migration is an ongoing cross-border phenomenon that requires both attention and cooperation to minimize risk and increase protection for vulnerable populations.

Cross-border Resolution of Financial Firms

July 30, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 6
Isabelle Duchaine, Kateryna Dzhaha, and James Supeene
The absence of an effective international regime for cross-border resolution of financial firms led to the disorderly failure of a number of global banks during the global financial crisis, at a high cost to taxpayers and global financial stability.

Comparing Transnational IPR Policy: Closing the Gap in Canada's Patenting Regime

July 28, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 5
Samah Rahman and Shashanth Shetty
Canada is lagging behind in research and development (R&D) commercialization, ranking fifteenth in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Report. One of the most important contributing factors to the gap between R&D and competitiveness is that new entrepreneurs lack the monetary and informational resources to access intellectual property legal expertise.

How China Can Help Lead a Global Transition to Clean Energy

July 22, 2015
Fixing Climate Governance Policy Brief No. 6
Alvin Lin, Luan Dong, and Yang Fuqiang
China’s coal consumption fell marginally in 2014, the first such drop this century, in large part as a result of its policies to address its severe air pollution, develop renewable and alternative energy, and transition its economy away from heavy industry. China should take advantage of its current circumstances to adopt an aggressive national coal consumption cap target and policy to peak its coal consumption as soon as possible, no later than its next Five Year Plan (2016–2020), so that it can peak its CO2 emissions by 2025. It can achieve this target by building upon its existing achievements in developing clean energy such as wind and solar power, and by prioritizing renewable energy development over coal in its western expansion. China can help lead a transition to clean energy that will contribute greatly to global efforts to keep warming to no more than 2°C, and can serve as a model for other developing countries.

Preparedness Rather Than Response: A Strategy to Prevent the Next Ebola Crisis

July 17, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 4
Andrew Koltun, Brittany McNena, and Nawroos Shibli
The 2013 West African Ebola crisis exposed two weaknesses: the inability of the international community to rapidly mobilize an effective response and a lack of adequate domestic health care systems for epidemic preparedness response.

Consent within Consultation: Incorporating New Business Practices in the Extraction Industry

July 15, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 3
Luke Sauer, Jaclynn Chiodini, and Christine Duong
Indigenous peoples within Canada and worldwide have the right to provide, withhold and/or withdraw consent to developments on their territories. The authors of this brief argue that with free, prior and informed consent becoming the new business standard when negotiating access to land and resources, industry leaders must adapt their practices to better accommodate indigenous rights.

Increasing Access to Medicines: Leveraging Brazil’s Experience

July 7, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 2
Erika Malich and Sarah Marion
The second CIGI Graduate Fellows policy brief examines Brazil's success in ensuring access to essential pharmaceuticals for its citizens, and how this success can be leveraged for other developing countries in similar circumstances.
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