As part of the Centre for Environmental Law & Global Sustainability’s Speaker Series, four current PhD students will present their cutting-edge research on the latest environmental law topics. Moderated by Dr. Alexandre Lillo, the students – Esteban Salcedo, Erin Dobbelsteyn, Justine Bouquier, and Zoé Boirin-Fargues – will cover the mental health impacts of climate change, marine renewable energy regulation, Indigenous peoples and mining companies, and the United Nations and the environment.
Presentations will be on: The Legal Considerations of Canadian Water Governance; The Mechanisms of Canadian Water Governance; International Experiences in Water Governance; and Sectoral Approaches to the Protection of Water Resources.
Professors from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and counsel representing parties before the Supreme Court will share their perspectives and insights on the oral arguments made before the Court in the Carbon Pricing Reference.
On September 24th, 2018, the Centre for Ecological Law and Global Sustainability welcomed Maître Yann Aguila as its Environmental Law Speaker Series’ guest. Maître Aguila is a member of Conseil d’État français, and of the Group of experts involved in the Global Pact for the Environment creation. He presented the idea of the Pact to the audience.
Three huge pipeline proposals imperiled climate action and threatened nature, said their critics. Largely as a result of court battles, two are now dead and one faces a major setback. This talk gave the opportunity to hear about the legal and political impacts of the Trans Mountain, Energy East, and Northern Gateway decisions from the litigators who argued the cases.
Professor Jocelyn Stacey's book argues for a reframing of environmental law. The book elaborates what the rule of law requires of decision-makers in light of our ever-present vulnerability to catastrophic environmental harm. In this talk, Professor Stacey made the case that environmental issues constitute an emergency. She argued that this emergency perspective offers important insights on the rule-of-law failures that led to the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.