Oonagh Fitzgerald



Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance, International and Domestic Public Law, National Security Law, Commercial Law in Public Context

Oonagh Fitzgerald is the director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, since April 2014, overseeing the development of its program of international economic, environmental and intellectual property law research.  Oonagh began her career at the Law Reform Commission of Canada in 1983 and throughout her career in various departments of the federal government gained extensive experience as a senior executive working on issues of international law and its implementation in Canada.

From 2011-2014, Oonagh served as national security coordinator for the Department of Justice Canada. From 2007–2011, she served as the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces legal adviser, leading a large corporate counsel team of civilian Department of Justice lawyers, military lawyers and Department of National Defence administrative professionals. Prior to this she served as acting chief legal counsel for the Public Law Sector of the Department of Justice (2004-2005), and before that was special adviser for international law (2003).

From 2000 to 2002, Oonagh was assistant secretary to Cabinet, Legislation and House Planning/Counsel, Privy Council Office, Canada. She has taught in the Faculty of Law and the Telfer School of Administration at the University of Ottawa. She also taught law courses at Carleton University, l’Institut international du droit de l’homme in Strasbourg, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo.

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983, Oonagh has a B.A. (honours) of fine arts from York University (1977), and obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (1981), an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa (1990), her S.J.D. from the University of Toronto (1994), and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University (2007).