Chaire de recherche du Canada en ÉPI

Université Laval

Projets en cours

Environmental Provisions in Trade Agreements

Jean-Frédéric Morin and his team of research assistants have collected data on 300 different environmental provisions found in 660 trade agreements. Preliminary results have already been presented at a number of conferences and several papers are currently in preparation, including a first with Andreas Dür and Lisa Lechner (both at University of Salzburg), a second with Joost Pauwely and James Hollway (both at the Graduate Institute, Geneva), a third with Clara Brandi, Axel Berger and Dominique Bruhn (all three from the German Development Institute), and a fourth with Sikina Jinnah (University of California Santa Cruz) . They hope to make the entire dataset available online in 2017. Trade agreements used for this dataset are coming from the DESTA project.

The codebook is available here.

Funding provided by: SSHRC (insight grant); Canada Foundation for Innovation; CIGI; CEPCI


Trade Provisions in Environmental Agreements

Jean-Frédéric Morin and his team are currently building a new dataset of trade-related provisions found in bilateral, regional and multilateral environmental agreements. This dataset will be used to analyze the emergence, the diffusion, the implementation, and the impact of these provisions.

Funding provided by: Canada Foundation for Innovation; Government of Québec; CIGI; CEPCI


Bilateral Investment Treaties

Jean-Frédéric Morin and Sophie Meunier (Princeton University) are studying how learning takes place in the global investment complex. Building on their recent chapter (“No Agreement is an Island”, 2015), they are working on two related projects. The first looks at how EU negotiators learn from past experiences, and the second studies how learnings affect “contested multilateralism” in the global investment complex.


The Global Governance of Intellectual Property

Jean-Frédéric Morin and Richard Gold (McGill University) are extending their dataset of domestic intellectual property standards (See their 2015 ISQ paper). This dataset will be used to assess the implementation of international agreements, and to model the effect of IP on innovation and economic growth. 

Jean-Frédéric Morin and Jenny Surbeck are also working on a database of TRIPs-Plus provisions found in preferential trade agreements (PTAs)

In parallel to these quantitative projects, Jean-Frédéric Morin collaborates with Sara Bannerman (McMaster), Mira Burri (World Trade Institute), and Omar Serrano (Geneva) on a qualitative study looking at rising economies in the global IP regime complex.

He also works with Susan Sell (George Washington University) on a project mapping capacity building activities in the field of IP. 

Made possible thanks to the funding of: SSHRC (insight grant); Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy


Foreign Policy Analysis

Jean-Frédéric Morin and Jonathan Paquin join forces to survey the FPA literature and produce two manuscripts intended to students. The first is a chapter exploring the interrelations between FPA and IR theories, and the second is a full-fledge textbook to be published  2017.

Funding provided by: UL Political Science Department; UL Faculty of Social Sciences


Complex Adaptive Systems in international relations

Jean-Frédéric Morin has several ongoing projects related to complex adaptive systems in international relations. Together with Laura Gomez-Mera (University of Miami), they are organizing a workshop on the theme: “The Evolution of Biological Complexes: A Biological Turn in the Study of International Institutions?” This workshop seeks to break new ground in research on international institutions by borrowing concepts from evolutionary ecology to study institutional complexe.

Funding provided by: SSHRC (insight grant); SSHRC (connection grant); Refract.EU; University of Miami, UL Political Science Department


S&TS and international relations

Following a workshop jointly organized in 2015, Amandine Orsini (St-Louis), Sélim Louafi (CIRAD), and Jean-Frédéric Morin are editing a series of papers exploring interconnections between Science and Technologies Studies (S&TS) and International Relations. This project builds on their recent paper (also with Mohamed Oubenal) studying the potential of IPBES as a “boundary organization” in the biodiversity regime complex.

Funding provided by: ANR-12-GLOB-0001-03 CIRCULEX