Professor Jocelyn Stacey's book argues for a reframing of environmental law. It starts from the premise that all environmental issues confront lawmakers as emergencies. Environmental issues pose a fundamental challenge to law because it is impossible to reliably predict which issues contain the possibility of an emergency and what to do in response to such an unforeseen event.
The book elaborates what the rule of law requires of decision-makers in light of our ever-present vulnerability to catastrophic environmental harm.
On November 14th, 2018, Professor Stacey intervened during the Environmental Law Speaker Series organized by the Ottawa Faculty of law Centre for Ecological Law and Global Sustainability. During her talk, she 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.