Oonagh Fitzgerald


Oonagh Fitzgerald
Senior Fellow (HRREC) | Director, International Law Assocation of Canada & Co-chair, Canadian Environmental Domestic Advisory Group under CETA

Email: ofitzgerald@rogers.com

Oonagh Fitzgerald


Research Interests

  • Human rights remedies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Gender

B.F.A. (Honours) (York University), LL.B. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.M. (University of Ottawa), S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) (University of Toronto), M.B.A. (Queen’s University), of the Bar of Ontario.

Dr. Oonagh Fitzgerald is an international lawyer, artist and choreographer, Senior Fellow with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, a Director of the International Law Association of Canada, Co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Domestic Advisory Group under the CETA, and studying in the Individualized PhD in Fine Arts Program at Concordia University.

Oonagh has had an extensive and varied career as a senior executive and international lawyer in the federal public service, providing strategic leadership in legal policy, advisory and litigation services in international law, national security, public law, human rights and governance at the following departments: Justice Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, National Defence and the Canadian Forces, and the Privy Council Office. For six years she directed the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, delivering policy relevant research and capacity building on pressing issues of international economic, environmental, intellectual property, Indigenous peoples’ and human rights law.

She has taught in university programs of law, business, and international affairs, and has mentored many graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She has written, edited and co-edited several books, essay series, articles, policy briefs and commentaries and presented as a keynote speaker and panelist at numerous national and international conferences and workshops on diverse international law topics including human rights, gender, Indigenous people’s rights, climate change, clean technology innovation, corporate responsibility, trade and investment. She recently edited the book Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law  and coordinated the North American contributions to a 150th anniversary ILA project on the Future of International Law.

Oonagh is enthusiastic about innovating international law and governance through art and performance to envision a new planetary Charter for our times.

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