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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Flood Risk Management: What Is the Role Ahead for the Government of Canada?

Renewable Energy Projects for Sustainable Development

Renewable Energy Projects for Sustainable Development: Financing Options and Policy Alternatives

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Economic Opportunities from a Changing Climate

Publications

Experts

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Roger Cox

CIGI Senior Fellow

Roger Cox is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective September 2015. An expert in climate change law, he is partner at the Dutch law firm Paulussen Advocaten and was the lead lawyer for the Urgenda Foundation, which won a controversial decision in June 2015 when The Hague District Court ordered the Dutch government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020.

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A. Neil Craik

CIGI Senior Fellow

Neil Craik is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective June 2015. He is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo with appointments to the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law.  

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Meinhard Doelle

CIGI Senior Fellow

Meinhard Doelle is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, he will be researching the impact of international shipping on climate change. His research will include a series of workshops and reports on this topic. Meinhard is a professor of law and associate dean of research at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, where he specializes in environmental and energy law, the environmental assessment process and climate change.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.

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Patrícia Galvão Ferreira

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Patrícia Galvão Ferreira is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. While at CIGI, she will research the evolution of transnational regulatory initiatives to address climate change and examine how Canada can contribute to promote compliance among emerging economies with large emissions.

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Patricia Goff

CIGI Senior Fellow

Patricia Goff is a CIGI Senior Fellow. Patricia Goff is a CIGI Senior Fellow. She is also an associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She specializes in international political economy, with a particular interest in trade, intellectual property, and the cultural capacity of international organizations. At CIGI, Patricia’s research will focus on global, plurilateral and regional trade arrangements.

Brenda L. Gunn

CIGI FELLOW

Brenda L. Gunn is a fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, Brenda will explore comparative approaches and best practices for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) internationally. She is also an associate professor in the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

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Fen Osler Hampson

CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program

Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.

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Paul Heinbecker

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. With CIGI since 2004, Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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John Higginbotham

CIGI Senior Fellow

An experienced practitioner and scholar of transportation and global governance, John Higginbotham joined CIGI as a senior fellow in 2013. With over 30 years of service with the Government of Canada, including international assignments, his current research focuses on Arctic governance.

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The Battle Lines Are Drawn

Climate change is a key test of whether US will shift from post-war guarantor of global order to force for instability
  • Guy Dinmore

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