Blayne Haggart

Faculty of Social Sciences

Blayne Haggart

Assistant Professor specializing in International Relations.


Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3895


BA, Honours (Economics and Political Science), Carleton University, 1996; MA (Economics) University of Toronto, 1997; MA (International Affairs) Carleton University, 2005; PhD (Political Science) Carleton University, 2011

Research interests

An economist and journalist in his past lives, Blayne Haggart teaches and writes in the area of International Relations and International Political Economy. His current research focuses on North American regional governance and economic integration, and the political economy of copyright. He is particularly interested in questions of small-country autonomy, Mexican politics, Canada-U.S. relations, the political effects of social media, and democratic accountability in an age of globalization. His research into North American integration draws on his past experience as an economist for various parliamentary committees, including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Selected publications

“The politics of intellectual property law,” in Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law. Toronto: Irwin Law, forthcoming.

“International copyright treaties and digital works: Implementation issues in Canada and Mexico,” (2011) 38 Australian Journal of Communication 33.

“North American digital copyright and the potential for variation.” In Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda: From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright. Geist, Michael, ed. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010.

“Canada, the United States: Trade, investment, integration and the future.” Background Paper PRB 01-3. Ottawa: Library of Parliament, April 2001 (revised August 2001).

“The Gross Domestic Product and alternative economic and social indicators.” Background Paper PRB 00-22. Ottawa: Library of Parliament, December 2000.

“Exchange-rate regimes: Possible options.” Background Paper PRB99-14. Ottawa: Library of Parliament, October 1999.

“A night in a Japanese love hotel,” Globe and Mail, October 16, 2002.

Recent conference papers and presentations

Fair Copyright for Canada: Lessons from the first Facebook uprising. Canadian Communications Association Annual Convention, Waterloo, ON, May 2012.

Mexican Digital Copyright Policy Autonomy. Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, American University, Washington, DC, March 2012.

The treaty is only the beginning of the (copy)fight: Digital copyright and small-country policy autonomy. Presentation at Australian National University, February 28, 2012.

The uses of historical institutionalism. Seminar at Australian National University, October 24, 2011.

Uncertain outcomes: Understanding the domestic implementation of international copyright treaties. The Political Economy of Communications conference, Aotearoa Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, September 15-16, 2011.



Blayne Haggart
Blayne Haggart


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