York U drops out of international law agreement with CIGI

April 3, 2012

York University announced Monday that it would no longer pursue a partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to establish a graduate program in international law. While York U believes the agreement held tremendous opportunity and promise for the institution, and that it had developed a framework that would have guaranteed academic freedom, it knows it needed broad support from the school, including the Osgoode Hall Law School, for the initiative to be successful. On Monday, the Osgoode Faculty Council voted 34 to 7 against a revised version of the agreement, with 8 abstentions, resulting in York U abandoning the partnership. Despite the institution's decision to withdraw from the deal, CIGI says it will continue to pursue a program of research into international law. Concerns about the influence the Waterloo-based think-tank might have over hiring and research had prompted a warning of censure from the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Y-File | Globe and Mail | National Post | Toronto Star | Waterloo Region Record