The International Law Research Program's work on environmental law aims to advance the effective use of science-based international, transnational and national law to protect the environment, reverse climate change and achieve sustainable prosperity.

More broadly, the law program’s focus on international environmental law is on:

  • Assessing the efficacy of bilateral or regional environmental agreements versus multilateral environmental agreements;
  • International or transnational governance and regulation of the extractive industry and energy sector, including the concept of environmental protection as a human right; and
  • Assessing international, transnational and local law-based and market-based approaches to reversing climate change.


Experts with the program are currently developing and leading examinations of the effectiveness of international environmental law regimes and are focused on the avoidance of international disputes through the development of effective environmental measures that are not a disguised restriction on international trade. 

For additional details on the program’s research priorities for international environmental law or to participate in the ILRP's forthcoming consultation workshops on international environmental law, please contact ILRP Program Manager Scott Lewis.

Cover art by Shaun Hedican titled Spring Energy.

Realizing Indigenous Rights in International Environmental Law

Limiting Dangerous Climate Change: The Critical Role of Citizen Suits and Domestic Courts

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Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Law Research Program

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. While at CIGI, her research will examine the governance structures addressing global commons environmental issues, with a special emphasis on geoengineering.

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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.

John Borrows

John Borrows

CIGI Senior Fellow

John Borrows is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, John will provide guidance and help shape the program’s international indigenous law research. He is also the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre.

John is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honour, and a 2012 recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (IPC) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honour and integrity in service to indigenous communities. John is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

Peter Burn

CIGI Senior Fellow

Peter Burn is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. He is focused on the design of effective climate change measures that are not a disguised restriction on international trade. Formerly a counsel in a leading Canadian law firm, he has recently been appointed a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). 

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Wil Burns

CIGI Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective July 2015. Until recently, he served as director of the Energy Policy & Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, and now serves as co-director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

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Ana Cristina Carvalho

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ana Cristina Carvalho is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, she will undertake advanced interdisciplinary research on both environmental law and intellectual property law. Prior to joining CIGI, Ana Cristina worked as an attorney and was a professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil.

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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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David Estrin

CIGI Senior Research Fellow, International Law Research Program

CIGI Senior Research Fellow David Estrin’s career has combined environmental and resource law, policy advice, litigation, teaching and writing. At CIGI, he will be focused on international environmental law issues. One of his projects examines governance and regulation of the extractive and energy sectors in light of rapidly evolving international law expectations for enhanced environmental protection and corporate responsibility, and the linkages of these issues to human rights.

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