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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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.

Bernard Hoekman

Bernard Hoekman

CIGI Senior Fellow

Bernard M. Hoekman is a senior research fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program. 

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Olena Ivus

CIGI Senior Fellow

Olena Ivus is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on the interface between Canada's domestic innovation and international trade.

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Patrick Leblond

CIGI Senior Fellow

Patrick Leblond is a CIGI senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. He is an expert in global economic governance and international political economy, regional economic integration, financial regulation, and business and public policy. At CIGI, Patrick specializes in the investigation of international trade in the areas of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. 

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Silvia Maciunas

Deputy Director, Environmental Law, International Law Research Program

Silvia Maciunas is the deputy director of international environmental law, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Silvia provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, she was a CIGI senior research fellow from July 2016 to February 2017.

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Anton Malkin

Research Fellow, Global Economy

Anton Malkin is a CIGI research fellow in the Global Economy Program. His research focuses on China’s role in the global economy and in global economic governance.

Robert Macdougall

Robert McDougall

Senior Fellow

Robert McDougall is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. His focus is on international trade cooperation, multilateral governance, China and the World Trade Organization, digital trade and dispute settlement. He is also a visiting fellow in the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute of Geneva

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Jean-Frédéric Morin

CIGI Senior Fellow

Jean-Frédéric Morin is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective May 2016. He is also associate professor at Laval University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy. 

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John Odell

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow John Odell is an expert in international negotiation and trade policy. Professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Southern California, he leads a CIGI Global Security & Politics project on Political Obstacles to International Agreements on Climate Change.

Chidi Oguamanam

Chidi Oguamanam

Senior Fellow

Chidi Oguamanam is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert in global intellectual property (IP) law and policy frameworks.

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