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Home Policy Articles: International Law & Politics: Page 2

In an increasingly globalized world, maintaining security and administering justice often extends beyond national borders. Much of the controversy in international law and politics policy has to do with the appropriate amount of intervention in the legal system and politics of other countries. This area of public policy addresses such topics as treaties, conflict resolution, international courts, refugees policy, and economic sanctions. As well, debates around global issues such as landmines and the status of children emerge in this policy area.

This section of will keep you updated on current international law and politics policy debates.



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The Art of the State II: Thinking North America – Folio 1

This book-length publication, edited by Courchene, Savoie and Schwanen, contains papers presented at the “Art of the State” Conference, hosted by the IRPP and held in October 2003. This conference featured experts from Canada, Mexico, and the United States who came together to explore new ideas, instruments, and processes for enriching the North American experience. The main goal of the conference was to remedy gaps in public discourse, while at the same time broaden understanding how three sovereign nations could advance common causes and manage their increasing interdependence at the same time.

The Difficulty in Establishing Privacy Rights in the Face of Public Policy from Nowhere

This paper examines two enactments of public policy in practice, the Saskatchewan Automobile Injury Appeal Commission’s (AIAC) posting of sensitive personal information on the Internet and the government (Saskatchewan and Alberta) sale of personal motor vehicle registration (MVR) information.

The Future of Marriage in Canada: Is It Time to Consider “Civil Unions”?

Iain T. Benson suggests that while the status of same-sex marriage is almost resolved in Canada, what has not been discussed is whether the government can use “marriage” as a category to determine benefits.

The North American Imperative: A Public-Good Framework for Canada-U.S. Economic and Security Cooperation

In this report, William B.P. Robson argues that securing proposed economic and security improvements between Canada and the United States requires that people in both countries (and particularly Canadians) think more boldly, and develop a strategy framework that focuses on North American ‘public goods.’ Robson points out that public goods, which are familiar in domestic activities, have international counterparts: areas where coordinated contributions yield payoffs larger than individual countries can realize acting on their own.

The Role of International Democracy Promotion in Canada's Foreign Policy

In this report, Gerald Schmitz examines the important, though still modest, role that Canada has played in supporting democratic development abroad, and suggests some directions it might take in the future.

The Role of the Family in Democracy: Obstacle or Necessity?

Recently, the terms “family” and “family values” have become the focus of great concern on the political stage. However, David Brown says the debate about family is always important.

The Transboundary Water Resources of Canada and the United States

This report considers the impact shared freshwater resources have had on the U.S.-Canadian relationship. Strategies for maintaining a positive relationship and preserving water resources are considered.

Towards open skies for airlines in Canada

According to Pierre J. Jeanniot, the Canadian government is considering greater liberalization in the country’s airline industry in line with the current international trend toward open markets in aviation.

U.S. Bilateral Free Trade Accords: Why Canada Should Be Cautious About Going to Same Route

In this Commentary Danielle Goldfarb considers the implications that the numerous American Bilateral trade agreements might have on Canada. Her concern comes from the idea that without Canada being present at the negotiating table both Canadian interests and the stake that Canada has in American trade policy may be undermined. Although Goldfarb recognizes that the impacts may not be incredibly large, she feels government ought to involve themselves. Goldfarb then explains that the Canadian strategy has been to make numerous bilateral agreements with other nations.

US and Canadian Immigration Policies: Marching Together to Different Tunes

This article by Peter Rekai argues the United States and Canada should continue their trend towards greater bilateralism to resolve what are decidedly bilateral issues, namely the issue of security following the terrorist attacks on the US of September 11, 2001. In this context, Rekai, focuses on immigration policy. He finds that Canada has tightened its immigrant and refugee screenings, but has not followed the US example and improved its screening of temporary workers and visitors; for Rekai this is a “particularly troubling omission” considering the ease with which potential ‘harm doers’ could use temporary visas as a means of entry.

Values of the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement

Audrey Macklin examines a Canada - US agreement which would deflect Canada-bound Asylum seekers who pass through the United States. She discusses this agreement in relation to security and Canada-US relations.

What Canadians Have to Say About Relations With the United States

As Alexandroff and Guy point out, since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 Canada’s relationship with the United States has been under intense scrutiny. They also note that this scrutiny has increased even further, with Canada’s refusal to support the US-led invasion of Iraq. In this paper the authors explore the attitudes of the Canadian public towards a closer relationship with the United States.

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