Blayne Haggart

Faculty of Social Sciences

Blayne Haggart

Assistant Professor specializing in International Relations
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3895
Twitter: @bhaggart
Personal website:
Office: Plaza 341


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.

His first book, Copyfight: The global politics of digital copyright reform, was published in Spring 2014 by University of Toronto Press.

Course Outlines

Fall/Winter 2014-2015

POLI 2F20: International relations
POLI 4P21/5P21: The global political economy

Winter 2014

POLI 4P28/5P28: Politics of North America

Selected Publications

Copyfight: The global politics of digital copyright reform. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

“Birth of a movement: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the politicization of Mexican copyright,” Policy & Internet, in press.

“Historical Institutionalism and the Politics of Intellectual Property,” in Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches, eds. B. Courtney Doagoo, Mistrale Goudreau, Madelaine Saginur and Teresa Scassa, Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014. 

“Fair Copyright for Canada: Lessons for Online Social Movements from the First Canadian Facebook Uprising,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 46:4, December 2013: 841-861.

“International Copyright Treaties and Digital Works: Implementation Issues in Canada and Mexico,” Australian Journal of Communication, 38:3, December 2011: 33-46. 

“North American Digital Copyright, Regional Governance and the Persistence of Variation,” in Aprehendiendo al delincuente: Crimen y medios en América del norte. Co-edited by Graciela Martinez-Zalce, Will Straw and Susana Vargas Mexico City: CISAN/UNAM and Media@McGill, 2011. 

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.

Selected Media Appearances

“The CBC has corrupted itself by giving in to Olympic demands,”, February 11, 2014. 

Grant Lafleche, “The Internet turns 25,” St. Catharines Standard, March 17, 2014 [Internet and online copyright].

Tim Denis Morning Show, 680 CKTB, St. Catharines, February 13, 2014 [interview: CBC-Olympics relationship].

Interviewed on the US debt ceiling crisis, 2013: