Research Centres

Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is an independent centre within the University of Ottawa. Its Director is a Professor of the Faculty of Law. The Centre’s Advisory Committee provides advice on major new research and education directions, and works as an avenue for linkages and communications with the various constituencies which the Centre serves. The Advisory Committee’s membership reflects the close relationship between the Centre and the Civil Law and Common Law Sections of the Faculty of Law.

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre was created by the Faculties of Common Law, Civil Law and Social Sciences. It reports to the Office of the Vice-President Research. The Centre strives to bring together educators, researchers and students from not only the faculties of Law and Social Sciences, but also from other disciplines as well. The general administration of the Centre is undertaken by a Management Committee, while the day to day administration of the Centre is conducted by the Research Director and the Executive Director with the support of the Management Committee.

The HRREC has a two-fold mission: research and education in the area of human rights.

The mandate of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) presumes an acceptance of the need to approach issues regarding human rights from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective, both in order to respect such rights and to explore that which they require in a complex, interconnected world. To this end, the Centre places a particular emphasis on public policy questions concerning peace, migration and immigration, health, environment, international trade and investment, poverty and vulnerable groups.

The HRREC benefits from a bilingual and bijuridical environment. It is the only institutional human rights research centre located in the National Capital Region. This strategic location supports the Centre at all levels of its initiatives, whether they be local, national or international.

The HRREC privileges research and education partnerships, with civil society organizations, as well as other research and education units within the University of Ottawa.

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Centre for Law, Technology and Society

The goal the Centre for Law, Technology and Society is to research, analyze and shed light on the complex and interdependent relationships between law, technology and society. A joint initiative of the Common Law and Civil Law Sections of University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, this centre for research, student training and knowledge dissemination brings together independent scholars and professors interested in its strategic areas of research, which include a wide variety of subjects relating to law and technology in its broadest sense and from multiple perspectives, such as information technology; intellectual property; biotechnology; bioethics; science, technology and society; human rights; governance and public policy; enabling technologies and e-transactions; digital media and communications; safety and security; privacy and access to information; and traditional knowledge.

The Centre encourages multidisciplinarity as allowing for different – sometimes complementary and sometimes discordant – perspectives on the same topic to inform analysis and debate on an issue, thereby providing the richest and most comprehensive approach to research and policy-making. It seeks to develop a national and international network of associated researchers and institutions, both in law and in many other domains, and serve as a nexus for partnership building and collaborative scholarship.

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Centre for Trade Policy and Law

The Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), established in 1989, is jointly sponsored by The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. CTPL was established to promote greater public understanding of trade policy issues, to foster independent analysis and research of trade policy issues, and to encourage the development of trade policy professionals. The core of the Centre's program includes a range of interrelated activities:

Teaching: Starting with increased resources dedicated to teaching graduate and professional students at the two sponsoring universities and programs for government staff and business and labour organizations, CTPL will act as a catalyst to the development of teaching programs at other Canadian universities by working with faculty in sponsoring the preparation of teaching materials, encouraging faculty interchanges and holding periodic seminars on the teaching of trade policy in Canada.

Seminars and Conferences aimed at wider audiences where academics, government officials and private sector specialists can explore a range of trade policy issues and stimulate greater public discussion of trade policy issues.

Research and Publications. CTPL encourages both applied and theoretical research in the area of trade policy by helping qualified scholars obtain the necessary funds to carry out their research. Research will also be promoted through the publication of refereed monographs and conference proceedings as well as the development of a resource centre to act as a central repository for material on trade policy. CTPL will promote its national mandate by inviting scholars from across Canada to participate in seminars, special lectureships, conferences and research projects and stimulate a flow of human resources between academic, government, business and labour organizations.

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CGA Tax Research Centre

The CGA Tax Research Centre promotes research in Canadian federal and provincial taxation and in international tax law. The Centre sponsors the publication of research and tax law and policy, provides a forum for national and international conferences on tax law, and contributes to the development of tax policy and related areas of administration. It participates in academic and professional forums on the domestic and international tax scene and acts as a conduit for communication with various governmental agencies.


EDGE - Emerging Dynamic Global Economies Network

One of the biggest challenges facing Canada in the 21st century is to position itself to be productive and competitive in the face of massive transformation of the global economic landscape. The large emerging economies—China, India, and Brazil—are rapidly transforming the world, as we know it. The rapid growth of these new economic powerhouses poses major challenges and opportunities to Canadian businesses and governments at a variety of levels: economic, social, and legal.

The goal of the Emerging Dynamic Global Economies (EDGE) Network is to ensure that the Canadian economy remains competitive and productive while, at the same time, preserving the social fabric of our communities, protecting our environment, and ensuring energy and resource security for future generations.

The Network's mandate is to:

  • produce multidisciplinary, relevant analysis leading to practical and effective public policy proposals;
  • encourage extensive, informed public discussion and debate; and
  • provide targeted training and exchange programs.

The EDGE Network brings together major research institutions from across Canada and internationally, including the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the York Centre for International and Security Studies, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Institute for Asian Research at UBC, the China Institute at the University of Alberta, le Centre d'Études de l'Asie de l'Est à l'Université de Montréal, together with federal and provincial government departments, such as International Trade Canada, Export Development Canada and the Government of British Columbia. The Network also involves key business associations, including the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, the Canada-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Council, as well as leading Canadian companies.

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