Associate Professor (on leave)
57 Louis Pasteur st. Room 322
(613) 562-5800 ext 2913
Of the bars of Ontario and California
Tort Law -- Toxic Tort -- Environmental Law -- International Environmental Law & Policy - Environmental Governance
Lynda M. Collins graduated as Gold Medalist from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000. Professor Collins practiced with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund until 2003, litigating major environmental cases in tribunals ranging from the Ontario Municipal Board to the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2003 to 2005, Professor Collins practiced toxic tort with a leading San Francisco law firm representing state and local governments in complex multi-district litigation against the oil industry to recover damages for drinking water contamination.
Professor Collins received her LLM from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since returning to Canada, she has appeared before the Standing Environment Committees at both the House of Commons and the Senate, and has consulted with a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations. She was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Province of Ontario's Toxics Reduction Scientific Expert Panel.
Professor Collins has published on a variety of subjects including freedom of information in environmental advocacy, Aboriginal environmental rights, causation in toxic tort, and the integration of the Precautionary Principle into toxic tort doctrine. Her current areas of interest include the intersection between public and private law in the area of toxic tort, the human right to environment, and the principle of intergenerational equity in international and European Union law.