Oonagh Fitzgerald


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

Work E-mail: ofitzger@uOttawa.ca

Onaagh Fitzgerald


Research Interests

  • Human rights remedies
  • Gender
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Sustainable development

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.

Oonagh has had an extensive and varied career as a senior executive 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.

Oonagh currently serves as a director of the International Law Association of Canada and co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Domestic Advisory Group under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada.

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.

Oonagh is strongly committed to leading the development and dissemination of policy relevant research to create a more just, inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.

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