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International economic law is a vast field with numerous overlapping themes. Our experts conduct research and provide policy ideas on key aspects of the global financial, trade and investment legal system. The International Law Research Program (ILRP) has identified the following three core areas of focus for the program’s research efforts on economic law:

international financial law:

  • sovereign debt resolution;
  • blockchain and financial stability;
  • securities regulation and the International Organization of Securities Commissions;


international trade law:

  • multilateral and preferential trade agreements;
  • renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and a progressive trade agenda;
  • multilateral regulatory cooperation;
  • subnational governments in trade negotiations; and


international investment law:

  • the promotion and protection of sustainable investment; and
  • investor-state dispute settlement.
     

For additional details on the program’s research priorities for international economic law, please contact Deputy Director Hugo Perezcano Díaz.

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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property (IP) law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, he was CIGI research fellow from September 2014 to January 2016.

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James Bacchus

Senior Fellow

James Bacchus is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, as well as the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida. 

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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

Research Fellow

Enrique Boone Barrera is a research fellow in the International Law Research Program, focusing on international investment governance, and sustainable investment in particular.

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Charles-Emmanuel Côté

CIGI Senior Fellow

Charles-Emmanuel Côté 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 has been a CIGI senior fellow since 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

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.

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David A. Gantz

CIGI Senior Fellow

David A. Gantz is a CIGI senior fellow who contributes to projects relating to contemporary trade and investment legal and policy issues. These include the Brexit process between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and innovations in international trade and investment 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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