William Amos is a public interest environmental lawyer and is the Director of the uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, where he has taught in both official languages since March 2007. His pedagogy is premised on experiential or “problem-based” learning, which involves the integration on University of Ottawa law students into his ongoing litigation and law reform files. He has represented clients before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Courts of Appeal in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, the Ontario Superior and Divisional Courts, the Ontario Municipal Board, and the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. Will’s current work is centred on offshore oil and gas development, groundwater protection through the public trust doctrine, northern territorial devolution, and toxic spill liability.
Prior to joining Ecojustice, Will served as legal counsel to the Canadian Radio–Television and Telecommunications Commission. After his call to the bar in 2005, he began his legal career at Heenan Blaikie L.L.P. in Montreal. In 2003, he was a legal associate with the Mexican Environmental Law Centre (CEMDA), and also served as a consultant for the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation in 2001 – 2002. From 1999 to 2001, he was a special assistant to the federal Environment Minister, advising on a range of issues from species-at-risk to water policy. He was a research assistant in the Prime Minister’s Office in 1996.
Will is a member of the Barreau du Quebec’s Environmental Law committee. He has appeared on many occasions before Parliamentary committees on environment and trade law matters. He has published numerous articles in academic and non-academic journals on a variety of environmental law and policy matters.