• Keep Calm to Address the International and Domestic Law Issues Raised by Brexit

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   Just half a year after the 800th anniversary celebration of Magna Carta 1215 , is it time for English, Scottish and Northern Irish men, women and children to assert their rights as European citizens? A referendum held in the UK last Thursday threatens to deprive them of what […]

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  • Albany Can Solve the World’s Sovereign Debt Crisis

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald, Steven L. Schwarcz –   In recent years, many countries — including Greece, Argentina and Ukraine — have found themselves indebted beyond their ability to pay. Argentina may now be on the brink of resolving a decade-long dispute with some of its creditors, but its predicament highlights a fundamental problem of […]

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  • The Difference Between Indigenous Collaboration Versus Consultation in Solving Climate Change

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   With smudging and prayer led by a representative of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, a gathering of passionate leaders and experts from academia, national, subnational and indigenous governments, private and nongovernmental sectors began a marathon one-day discussion of how to ensure human rights are taken […]

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  • Paris Agreement – To bind and how to bind, that is the question …

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   In the lead up to and during the opening day speeches of 150 heads of state at COP21 in Paris, there were appeals for urgent and decisive action to combat climate change and exhortations for states to achieve a strong and legally binding agreement. At the same time […]

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  • How the SDGs provide our best hope for ambitious and effective climate action

     – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[i] provide useful guidance for shaping law, policy and practice for implementation of effective and ambitious climate change action.  Specifically, they exhort nations to share innovation and prosperity, promote global cooperation and solidarity and address equality and climate justice. CIGI and the Inter-American Development […]

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  • From Baker to Hupacasath: the warming relationship between international and domestic rule of law

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald, Maria Panezi –   In the panel on “Highlights of 2015 from The Canadian Yearbook of International Law” at the 44th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law the panelists observed the increasing transnationalization and internationalization of Canadian jurisprudence, suggesting both the strong forces of globalization and a […]

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  • Is it time to curb corporations’ ability to sue governments?

    – By: Armand de Mestral –   Investor-state dispute settlement — also known as investor-state arbitration, or ISA — is currently included in several thousand bilateral investment treaties as well as in an increasing number of regional trade agreements such as the Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This treaty-based legal […]

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  • Getting Back to Basics in International Relations

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   non-discrimination and justice in treatment of businesses and people  In an inspiring and moving speech delivered almost a year ago, “What’s Wrong with This Picture: Should We Reframe International Relations?” Madame Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella urged an audience of international relations think tanks at the Council of Councils […]

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  • After the Climate Summit of Americas, the Green Glow Continues

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   After last week’s Climate Summit of the Americas’ green love-in between Ontario and Quebec premiers and the Governor of California, Canada’s low carbon premiers looked as though they might be overwhelmed by opposition in discussions about how to reconcile climate action and economic development at the premiers’ meeting […]

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  • Promoting a low carbon economy while circumnavigating international rule of law – Part II

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   At last week’s Climate Summit of the Americas this author had the privilege of chairing a panel discussion on Advancing Public Policy in a Low Carbon Economy: The Green Economy and Clean Tech Innovation. The panel was composed of leaders from the non-governmental, and transnational corporate and academic sectors […]

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  • Promoting a low carbon economy while circumnavigating international rule of law – Part I

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   Climate change is a world-engulfing problem for which the expression “think globally, act locally” has particular resonance. While at the international level there is much discussion about equitable burden sharing and common but differentiated responsibilities, there is no escaping the fact that we are in this together and […]

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  • Next steps towards a multilateral debt workout process, Part 2

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   In a previous post, I shared a few of the guiding principles outlined in a options paper entitled, Toward a Multilateral Debt Workout Process: Principles, Elements and Institutional Options, that was circulated by the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretariat at the second working session of the UN General Assembly […]

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  • Next steps towards a multilateral debt workout process, Part 1

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   Announced only a few days in advance, the second working session of the UN General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Processes took place on April 28-30, 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York.  CIGI’s ILRP participated once again as part of the delegation of the […]

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  • Toward a Global Rule of Law of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   The UN Global Compact, First Peoples Worldwide and Future500 sponsored a one day workshop, hosted by Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, on April 23 2015 in New York, to explore the possibility of developing a community of practice between businesses involved in resource extraction, indigenous communities and […]

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  • Taking Urgent and Timely Action on Climate Change

    – By : Oonagh Fitzgerald –   Describing climate change as “a problem that is both critically important and urgent,” today Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the province is joining the Western Climate Initiative greenhouse gas (GHG) cap and trade system, with other jurisdictions, notably Québec and California (See: Cap and Trade System to Limit […]

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