International economic law is a vast field with numerous overlapping themes of international economic relations, ranging from trade and the governance of international financial institutions to private international law.

The International Law Research Program has identified three core areas that will be the focus of the program’s research efforts on international economic law: 

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A History of Investment Arbitration and Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Germany

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Will ICAO Do Its Part to Meet the Climate Change Challenge?

The WTO and the Spaghetti Bowl of Free Trade Agreements



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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.

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Andrea Bjorklund

CIGI Senior Fellow

Andrea Bjorklund is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective May 2015. She is full professor and holder of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. At CIGI, Andrea is researching topics in investor-state arbitration.

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Enrique Boone Barrera

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Enrique Boone Barrera is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.  He holds an LL.M. from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. (Civil Law) from McGill University. At CIGI, he will research international investment governance and how to make investment law more responsive to the rights and concerns of all interested parties.  

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Charles-Emmanuel Cȏté

CIGI Senior Fellow

Charles-Emmanuel Cȏté is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is vice dean for Academic Affairs and Continuing Education and full professor at Laval University.

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Armand de Mestral

CIGI Senior Fellow

Armand de Mestral is a CIGI senior fellow, effective November 2014. An expert in international economic law, Armand is professor emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University.

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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.

David A. Gantz

CIGI Senior Fellow

David A. Gantz is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law and co-director of the International Trade Law Program at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.

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Markus Gehring

CIGI Senior Fellow

Markus Gehring is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

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Mark Jewett

CIGI Senior Fellow

Mark Jewett is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program. He is counsel to Bennett Jones LLP, where his practice focuses on domestic and international aspects of financial law. At CIGI, he will research and write on sovereign debt and cross-border insolvency.