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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Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

Senior Fellow

Sean Martin McDonald is the co-founder of Digital Public, which builds legal trusts to protect and govern digital assets. Sean’s research focuses on civic data trusts as vehicles that embed public interest governance into digital relationships and markets.

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.

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

CIGI Senior Fellow

Ruth Okediji is chair of the ILRP’s expert working group on international intellectual property, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. She is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and serves as co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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Taylor Owen

Senior Fellow

Taylor Owen is a senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. He is an expert on the governance of emerging technologies, journalism and media studies, and on the international relations of digital technology. As part of his work at CIGI, Taylor will be working on issues of international digital governance, as well as launching a podcast on the digital economy.

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Teresa Scassa

Teresa Scassa

Senior Fellow

Teresa Scassa is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty, where her groundbreaking research explores issues of data ownership and control. Teresa is an award-winning scholar, and is the author and editor of five books, and over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex problems of law and data, and is currently part of the Geothink research partnership. 

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Sara Seck

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.

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