January 28, 2016
This special report is prepared for the North American Forum. Since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, trade, investment and migration flows among Canada, Mexico and the United States have helped turn North America into one of the most dynamic and prosperous trade blocs on the planet. With a new government in Ottawa, it is an ideal time for Canada to make a stronger, deeper relationship with Mexico a crucial plank of a plan to secure a prosperous future for North America.
November 27, 2015
The Paris Conference of the Parties 2015 is designed to produce the next round of climate change action. There are reasons to believe that the chances for success at the multilateral level are better now that they were before, but even under the most optimistic scenarios, Paris will not be the end of the negotiations. The Paris summit will be crucial to maintaining the momentum that has been building in the private sector and civil society on the issue of climate change.
November 10, 2015
CIGI experts offer commentary and analysis in advance of the G20 summit to be held in Antalya, Turkey on November 15-16, 2015.
September 17, 2015
This report was written by members of the Committee on International Economic Policy and Reform, a non-partisan, independent group of experts, comprised of academics and former government and central bank officials, and co-published by the Brookings Institution and CIGI.
Just Enough, Just in Time: Improving Sovereign Debt Restructuring for Creditors, Debtors and Citizens
July 15, 2015
In 2013, the IMF led a sea change in thinking about the core problem with sovereign debt restructuring: rather than seeking help too early, the Fund concluded, countries tend to wait far too long to address their sovereign debt problems, and when they do, they tackle them only superficially. In other words, sovereigns tend to restructure “too little, too late.” Structures and incentives are needed to increase the probability that “just enough, just in time” becomes the new normal of sovereign debt restructuring. To assist in moving this agenda forward, CIGI, together with the Institute for New Economic Thinking, undertook in February 2012 an intensive process of outreach and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders on prospects for improving on existing approaches to handling sovereign debt distress, with a particular focus on soliciting views regarding CIGI’s proposal for the creation of a Sovereign Debt Forum (SDF). This special report takes the measure of these discussions and concurrent developments. Rather than advocating for a particular set of reforms or a single path of action, the report reviews the diverse perspectives raised in CIGI’s SDF consultations, highlights considerations for the next steps in the reform process and identifies some pathways by which pragmatic reform programs could be crafted.
April 29, 2015
A Report on the CIGI International Intellectual Property Law Clinic
This report outlines the impetus behind the CIGI International Intellectual Property Law Clinic, which operated for three months in 2014. The report describes the new innovator’s commercialization dilemma — a multifaceted dilemma arising from lack of IP legal knowledge, lack of financial resources and the high costs associated with IP protection, all of which combine to place the new innovator in a vulnerable position at the early stages of their commercialization timeline. Taking lessons learned from the CIGI clinic, the report illustrates how an IP-focused law clinic can help to address the commercialization dilemma.
April 15, 2015
Statement by the Global Commission on Internet Governance
This statement provides the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s view of the issues at stake and describes in greater detail the core elements that are essential to achieving a social compact for digital privacy and security.
April 14, 2015
The International Law Research Program (ILRP) of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) responds to select questions from Ontario's Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015, as part of a province-wide public consultation process by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
December 4, 2014
This special report is comprised of 11 papers, which provide reflections on the internationalization of indigenous rights and the relevance and positioning of UNDRIP within and by Canada. The papers were written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars from a variety of disciplines including history, political science, law, psychology, sociology and Native studies. Contributors discuss the historical importance of the declaration and the conflicted nature of Canada’s relationship to it.
September 25, 2014
The core of this report, co-published by CIGI and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is to lay out in practical terms the critical issues China must consider in managing its engagement with the evolving IMS. There are both opportunities and pitfalls, and the hope is that the payments approach used will highlight why, and how, China and the IMS should “talk to one another.” This must be a two-way dialogue. While the pace, direction and ultimate goals of reform are for the Chinese to decide, what they decide will have implications going both ways — for them and for the functioning of the IMS. Avenues must be found to discuss and assess these implications from a system-wide, cooperative perspective.