Innovation permeates CIGI’s research, leading to new approaches and new partnerships. Through economic, legal and political lenses, CIGI focuses on understanding, and helping to shape, the policies that foster innovation, promote diffusion of knowledge and know-how, and raise productivity and security, in partnership with international organizations, the Government of Canada and others. Research on innovation and trade also focuses on the interaction between international intellectual property architecture and mega trade arrangements.

CIGI is developing best practices and strategies to increase awareness of intellectual property rights and create an integrated innovation ecosystem that enables innovators to compete effectively in the domestic and global knowledge economy. CIGI contributes research on appropriate legal frameworks to address emerging intellectual property issues.

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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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Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino

CIGI SENIOR FELLOW

Giuseppina D’Agostino is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective November 2016. She is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and is the founder and director of IP Osgoode, the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program at Osgoode. 

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Leonard J. Edwards

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Len Edwards joins CIGI in May 2013 as distinguished fellow, where he co-chairs and leads the Global Security & Politics research project on enhancing security cooperation between Australia and Canada in the Asia-Pacific. Previously, he held senior roles in Canada’s public service, including G8/G20 Sherpa, Ambassador to Japan and Korea, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Dieter Ernst

CIGI Senior Fellow

Dieter Ernst is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on unresolved challenges for the global governance of trade, intellectual property and innovation.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

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Patrícia Galvão Ferreira

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.

Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Senior Fellow

Michael Geist is a senior fellow in CIGI’s International Law Research Program, as well as a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

Michel Girard, senior fellow

Michel Girard

Senior Fellow

Michel Girard is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program. Michel’s work at CIGI relates to standards for big data and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Patricia Goff

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 focuses on global, plurilateral and regional trade arrangements.

Richard Gold

E. Richard Gold

CIGI Senior Fellow

Richard Gold is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective October 2016. He is also a James McGill Professor and associate dean (graduate studies) with McGill University’s Faculty of Law. 

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