Addressing climate change and fostering a low-carbon energy economy requires tackling problems simultaneously from legal, economic and security perspectives. CIGI’s research brings new ideas and concrete proposals for financing sustainable development, promoting conservation and growth in the blue economy, implementing carbon pricing mechanisms, Arctic governance, and incorporating human rights and engaging Indigenous peoples in climate strategy and action.

With the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, CIGI’s experts will continue research on the many international and domestic implementation governance challenges, including reporting and accounting, liability, loss and damage, clean technology transfer, mobilization of public and private climate financing and intersection of treaty regimes.

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Bassem Awad

Senior Fellow

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

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Joël Blit

Senior Fellow

Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation.

John Borrows

John Borrows

Senior Fellow

John Borrows is a CIGI senior fellow. In this role, John will provide guidance and help shape the program’s international indigenous law research. He is also the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre.

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Sarah Burch

Senior Fellow

Sarah Burch is a CIGI senior fellow. She is contributing to research on financing sustainable development, focused on the exploration of innovative solutions to address challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. 

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Wil Burns

Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow focused on research on climate geoengineering governance. He holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law.

Aldo Chircop

Aldo Chircop

Senior Fellow

Aldo Chircop is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of law and Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. 

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Bernard Colas

Senior Fellow

Bernard Colas is a CIGI senior fellow, effective August 2016. He is also a partner at CMKZ — Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, an international trade and business law firm based in Montreal. 

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Roger Cox

Senior Fellow

Roger Cox is a CIGI senior fellow, effective September 2015. An expert in climate change law, he is a partner at the Dutch law firm Paulussen Advocaten.

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A. Neil Craik

Senior Fellow

Neil Craik is a CIGI senior fellow. He is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law.  

 

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Simon Dalby

Senior Fellow

Simon Dalby is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, where he teaches courses on governance, security and environment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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