CAUT raises academic freedom concerns about York's partnership with CIGI

February 23, 2012

A $60-million partnership between YorkU and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a Waterloo-based think tank funded by RIM founder Jim Balsillie, has come under criticism by the Canadian Association of University Teachers. CAUT notes that the agreement, which has been signed and is up for approval at a York senate meeting next week, requires a panel of 5, including 2 representatives from CIGI, to give unanimous approval of the hiring of the 10 research chairs in international law. "York has given away the store," says CAUT's James Turk. York VP Patrick Monahan argues that a protocol signed by both parties ensures "the promotion and protection of the academic freedom of individual researchers and teachers… including the freedom to pursue research that may criticize the parties or a financial contributor." CAUT has previously criticized CIGI's undue influence over the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Toronto Star  |  CAUT statement