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Nathalie Chalifour is co-director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability. She is also cross-appointed to the Institute of the Environment, where she directs the interdisciplinary graduate Environmental Sustainability Program.
Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersections between the environment, the economy, and environmental and social justice. She holds a Doctorate in law from Stanford University (2005) and a Master in Juridical Sciences (1999) which she obtained as a Stanford Program in International Legal Studies Fellow and Fulbright scholar.
Nathalie has published numerous articles which address a variety of topics, including carbon taxes, social justice, ecological fiscal reform, sustainable forestry, brownfields redevelopment, and the effects of trade liberalization on nature conservation. You may read some of her publications online here. She is the Co-Editor of Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Volume V (Oxford University Press, 2008), Land Use Law for Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and the looseleaf edition of The Canadian Brownfields Manual (LexisNexis, 2004), which is updated annually.
She joined the Faculty of the Law in 2003, where she teaches Environmental Law, Property Law, and a seminar on Sustainability and the Law. She is on the advisory board of the University of Ottawa Ecojustice Clinic and helped to establish the Secretariat of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the Sustainable Prosperity Network’s Research Committee and Policy Network, a knowledge cluster funded by the SSHRC.
Before joining the Faculty, Professor Chalifour was Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. She also served as a senior policy advisor for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she worked on tiger conservation, sustainable forestry, financing conservation and was responsible for developing policies on the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. She established a Canadian office of TRAFFIC, a joint program of WWF and The World Conservation Union (IUCN) responsible for implementing CITES (the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna). Professor Chalifour taught International Environmental Law and Comparative Natural Resources Law at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She was also Director of the International Law Institute at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a program run by Widener University .