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Our experts’ research on environmental law aims to advance the effective use of international, transnational and national law as tools in governance to protect the environment and limit climate change.

The International Law Research Program (ILRP) has identified the following areas of research focus for environmental law:

  • rules development for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change;
  • implementing climate change commitments through international, transnational, national and subnational laws and policies and market-based instruments;
  • the intersection of climate change law with other areas of international law, including trade law, shipping and aviation law, Indigenous rights and human rights, oceans law, fisheries and finance;
  • the liability regime for deep seabed mining under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;
  • oceans governance, including negotiations on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and preparing policy recommendations on the negotiations; and
  • international governance approaches to global environmental issues, including a review of the effectiveness of current approaches.


For additional details on the program’s research priorities for international environmental law, please contact Deputy Director Silvia Maciunas.

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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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Wil Burns

CIGI Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, involved in the program’s research on climate geoengineering governance. Wil has published more than 75 articles in law, policy and science journals and has co-edited five books. He holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law.

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Bernard Colas

CIGI Senior Fellow

Bernard Colas is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective August 2016. He is also a partner at CMKZ — Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky, an international trade and business law firm based in Montreal. 

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Roger Cox

CIGI Senior Fellow

Roger Cox is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective September 2015. An expert in climate change law, he is partner at the Dutch law firm Paulussen Advocaten and was the lead lawyer for the Urgenda Foundation, which won a controversial decision in June 2015 when The Hague District Court ordered the Dutch government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020.

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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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Simon Dalby

Senior Fellow

Simon Dalby is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, where he teaches courses on governance, security and environment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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Meinhard Doelle

CIGI Senior Fellow

Meinhard Doelle is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, he will be researching the impact of international shipping on climate change. His research will include a series of workshops and reports on this topic. Meinhard is a professor of law and associate dean of research at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, where he specializes in environmental and energy law, the environmental assessment process and climate change.

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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.

Brenda L. Gunn

CIGI Fellow

Brenda L. Gunn is a fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, Brenda will explore comparative approaches and best practices for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) internationally. She is also an associate professor in the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

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