Environmental Law Lunch Series
Since 1996 the faculty has hosted the Environmental Law Lunch Series with speakers drawn from the ranks of professionals and practitioners around Ottawa, public officials and visitors to the capital. Presentations typically focus on current legislative and policy developments with plenty of time for questions and discussion amongst participants. Previous speakers have included environmental consultants such as Francois Bregha, John Moffet and Hajo Versteeg, government officials, parliamentarians and members of environmental agencies such as David McGuinty (National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy), Fred Roots (Science Advisor Emeritus, Environment Canada), Brian Emmett (Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development), Heather Smith (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency), David Near (Environment Canada), Anne Daniel (Environment Canada), Avrim Lazar (Environment Canada), Hon. Charles Caccia (House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development), and Sarah Richardson (Commission for Environmental Cooperation).
Speaker series 2012-2013
March 20, 2013 - "Zombie or Phoenix? The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012" by Stephen Hazell
The official event poster can be found here
February 6, 2013 - "Gender (or the absence of gender) in climate change reduction and adaptation in Québec: an exploration" - Dr. Annie Rochette, Université du Québec à Montréal
September 28, 2012 - "Toilet Training for the 21st Century" by Prof. Jamie Benidickson
October 3, 2012 - "Saving the Cheetah: A Race to the Future" by Dr. Laurie Marker
October 3, 2012 - “Understanding Why We’re Consuming the Earth and How to Stop It: An Intro to Commoditization Theory” by Jack P. Manno
The official event poster can be found here
November 7, 2012 - "Genetic Resources and Farmers' Rights: Testing the 'Access and Benefit Sharing' Waters at a Global Level" by Prof. Chidi Oguamanam
Speaker series 2011-2012
November 16, 2011 - "Slow Death by Rubber Duck: Dealing With the Toxins in Everyday Life" by Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence
Speaker series 2010-2011
March 21, 2011 - "Listening to the Poor: Sustainable Development and Accountability by Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown Law
March 16, 2011 - "New Governance Arrangements and the Environment: A Three-Dimensional Approach" by Chris Tollefson (University of Victoria) and Neil Craik (University of Waterloo)
February 8, 2011 - "Précaution, subsidiarité et mondialisation : les défis d'une gestion adéquate des risques environnementaux au Canada" par Hélène Trudeau
February 3, 2011 - "Environment, Human Rights and (Extra)territorial regulation" by Sara Seck, University of Western Ontario
January 19, 2011 - "Diversifying the Property Debate: Toward A Postcolonial Feminist Approach to the Legal Status of Nonhuman Animals" by Maneesha Deckha, University of Victoria
December 1, 2010 - "Empowering Local Government to Tackle Climate Change" by Scott Pasternak, Toronto Environment Office
October 20, 2010 - "Back to the Future: Using 19th Century Jurisprudence to Assess Damages in Environmental Cases" by Peter Wells, Lang Michener LLP
September 9, 2010 - "Private Environmental Governance as Ensemble Regulation: A Critical Exploration of Sustainable Business Indexes and the New Ensemble Politics" by Oren Perez, Bar Ilan University
Speaker series 2009-2010
February 10, 2010 - “Protesting Mining in Ontario: Legal Aspects of Resistance by Environmental Groups and First Nations” by Graham Mayeda, Larry Chartrand and Gloria Morrison
January 20, 2010 - "Sustainability and the Future of Environmental Assessment" by Robert Gibson
December 2, 2009 - "Le traitement différencié en droit international de l’environnement : le mécanisme et son potentiel" par Kristin Bartenstein
October 28, 2009 - “Feminist Perspectives on Carbon Taxes” by Prof. Nathalie Chalifour
September 30, 2009 - “Common but Differentiated Responsibilities to Combat Climate Change: Principle and Practice" by Jutta Brunnée
February 22-23, 2013 - Environmental Law Societies (CAELS) Conference : Thinking Big & Small
The Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies (CAELS) is an exciting new networking project connecting environmental law students across the country. CAELS will allow law students to interact with professors, practitioners and environmental professionals.
CAELS' inaugural conference brought together law students, academics, and practitioners from around the country to learn and network. This student-run conference featured a keynote address from Canadian environmental law pioneer David Estrin (Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP) and a series of panel discussions
March 18-19, 2013 - Environment in the Courtroom : Environmental Prosecutions
The symposium discussed major issues that arise in the course of environmental prosecutions, beginning with the decision to prosecute and proceeding sequentially through key decision points, ending with available defences.
November 8-10, 2012 - Environmental Justice and Human Rights : Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities
Over 25 speakers from four different continents discussed current events relating to environmental justice and human rights.
May 13-14, 2010 - Charles Caccia: Contributions to Environmental Policy and Sustainability
This workshop brought together Canadian experts in the field of sustainability and environmental policy and honoured the memory of the Honourable Charles Caccia (1930-2008). This group of experts analyzed and assessed Mr. Caccia’s contribution to Canadian public policy, paying particular attention to the strengths/limitations of parliamentary institutions in environmental governance. The workshop was made possible thanks to a SSHRC grant awarded to Prof. Benidickson as well as additional funding provided by the Research Grants and Ethics Services at the University of Ottawa.
September 26-28, 2008 - Climate Law in Developing Countries Post-2012: North and South Perspectives
This conference, hosted by the Faculty of Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law , opened with keynote speakers the Honourable Charles Gonthier, former Justice at the Supreme Court of Canada, and Professor William Rees. Attributed as the founder of the ecological footprint analysis, Prof. Rees’ teaching and research focuses on the public policy and planning implications of global environmental trends and the necessary ecological conditions for sustainable socioeconomic development. “Climate change,” he stated, “is a collective problem requiring collective solutions.” The conference was also supported by the Canadian International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the International Development Research Centre, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Osgoode Hall Law School as well as Macleod Dixon, Heenan Blaikie and Bennett Jones. The conference drew approximately 150 participants from more than 25 countries, the majority of them developing ones. Many of the papers stemming from the conference will be available in a forthcoming publication by Edward Elgar.
October 22-24, 2006 - Seventh Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
The University of Ottawa hosted over 250 delegates from thirty-three countries at The Seventh Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation. The theme of this year's conference was: moving from theory to practice. The conference program presented research that examines the role of fiscal and other economic instruments in helping society transition to environmentally sustainable, just and prosperous economies.
October 23-24, 2006 - Incorporating Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SIA) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into Environmental Assessment
A unique, first-time feature of the 2006 [Ontario Association of Impact Assessment] AGM will be a "Career Resource Booth" that will be on display for all to browse during conference. The booth will exhibit a "resume bank," providing the opportunity for employers from government and the private sector to review the submitted CVs and find aspiring students and enthusiastic employees with an interest and/or background in environmental and social impact assessment. The career booth will provide a precedent for years to come, as OAIA furthers the promotion of environmental research and educational outreach by linking students directly with potential employers.
February 13, 2006 - Confronting the Tar Sands
The Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on the planet. Downstream is the First Nations community of Fort Chipewyan, where residents have experienced worrisome health abnormalities. Two First Nations leaders from Fort Chipewyan (Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewan First Nation and George Poitras, spokesman, Mikisew Cree First Nation) came to Ottawa to tell their story, and share their accounts of health issues, and the wider environmental impact of the Tar Sands, Canada's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.