International Law Research Program

Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Location
    Waterloo, Canada
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 10

Position description

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), based at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, Ontario, is a non-partisan think tank focused on issues of international law, global governance, economics, policy and security.  CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) provides leading academics, government and private sector legal experts, as well as students from Canada and abroad with the opportunity to contribute to advancements in international law. The ILRP aims to have recognized impact on how international law develops and is brought to bear on significant global issues. The program's mission is to connect knowledge, policy and practice to build the international law framework - the globalized rule of law - to support international governance of the future.

The ILRP has an opening for one (1) articling student for the 2017 – 2018 year starting in the fall of 2017.  The program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to work on a variety of in-house corporate legal matters pertaining to contract, employment, and regulatory compliance matters and at the same time pursue international law research interests in international intellectual property law, international economic law, international environmental law, and international Indigenous law. Under the direction of the ILRP Program Director and CIGI’s General Counsel, the Articling Student will have the opportunity to work on a range of corporate legal files involving legal research, advice and drafting. The student will also conduct legal research in one or more of the ILRP’s areas of research focus:

International economic law:

  • international and transnational governance and regulation of insolvency and sovereign debt
  • financial and commercial regulation in the global Internet-based marketplace
  • emerging issues in international trade and investment law

International intellectual property (IIP) law:

  • modernizing international and domestic legal frameworks for Internet governance encompass the new frontiers of IP rights in the Fourth Industrial Age
  • developing IIP mechanisms for open and collaborative innovation
  • management of IP rights including IP evaluation, IP strategy and IP commercialization

International environmental law:

  • Research would focus on aspects of the international climate regime and its interrelationships with other international treaties, as well on issues relating to domestic implementation of climate commitments
  • Other areas of potential research include oceans law and freshwater management as well as biodiversity

International Indigenous law:

  • Research on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law and policy
  • Supporting indigenous communities in obtaining greater consultation on international environmental and economics that affect their rights

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, exciting work environment and be part of an internationally recognized Canadian think tank focused on global issues. This opportunity will especially appeal to students who are looking for articles that combine practical and research based experience.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications and competencies:

  • Eligibility to participate in the Law Society of Upper Canada Articling Program
  • Demonstrated interest and competency, and the completion of courses in at least one of the following areas of law: international economic law, international intellectual property law, international environmental law, and international Indigenous law
  • Strong academic record
  • Enrolled in or has completed law school, or already possesses a Certificate of Qualification of the National Committee on Accreditation
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and within a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrated research experience on comparative jurisdictions strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with social media and new technology is an asset
  • French language skills are an asset.

Applications should be received by CIGI ILRP no later than Friday April 28th.

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