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Our experts’ research on intellectual property (IP) law and innovation compares best practice models adopted in different jurisdictions to see how innovation is fostered, legally protected, commercialized and sustained in a global competition.

The International Law Research Program (ILRP) has identified the following areas of research focus on IP:

  • management of IP rights in the global marketplace including IP strategy and commercialization; 
  • new IP standards in preferential trade agreements, such as the Canada US Mexico Free Trade Agreement (CUSMA), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Canada – China, India and MERCOSUR potential free trade agreement;  
  • international and domestic legal frameworks for disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and internet governance;
  • international law and governance of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions;
  • open and collaborative mechanisms for innovation; and 
  • legal frameworks and policies that encourage clean technology innovation and its transfer.  

For additional details on the program’s research priorities for international IP law, please contact Deputy Director Bassem Awad.

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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.

Margo A. Bagley

Margo A. Bagley 

CIGI Senior Fellow

Margo A. Bagley is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, where she serves as a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group. At CIGI, she will be researching the intersection of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s draft Design Law Treaty with disclosure of origin requirements for traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions and the promise and peril of defensive protection for traditional knowledge. Margo also leads a number of case studies analyzing the instituted governance regime for traditional knowledge and genetic resources in Colombia and Ecuador.

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Karima Bawa

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

Marsha Cadogan

Marsha Cadogan

CIGI Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Law Research Program

Marsha Simone Cadogan is an intellectual property rights post-doctoral fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program.


Jorge Contreras

Senior Fellow

Jorge Contreras is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. He is a leading scholar on intellectual property (IP) law, scientific research policy and technology standards development. His research at CIGI focuses on private ordering solutions to IP issues concerning environmental and other green technologies.

Jeremy de Beer

Jeremy de Beer

Senior Fellow

Jeremy de Beer is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) and a full professor of law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he creates and shapes ideas about technology innovation and intellectual property, as well as global trade and development.

Courtney Doagoo

B. Courtney Doagoo

Post-doctoral Fellow

B. Courtney Doagoo is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino

Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino


Giuseppina D’Agostino is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective November 2016. She is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and is the founder and director of IP Osgoode, the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program at Osgoode. 

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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.

Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Senior Fellow

Michael Geist is a senior fellow in CIGI’s International Law Research Program, as well as a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.


Nov 19

Innovation in Context

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 4:51 PM
407 rue Saint Pierre Espace A