Environmental Law Centre

The SCC Impact Assessment Act Decision

Nov 22 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Join panelists Brenda Heelan Powell (ELC)  and Prof. Andrew Leach, and Prof. Cameron Jefferies, from the Faculty of Law (University of Alberta) as we dive into the Supreme Court decision regarding the federal Impact Assessment Act to discuss the decision’s implications for federal assessment of projects and what the case means for federal approaches to sustainability.

When: November 22, 2023, noon-1:30pm

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Room 237/231
Law Centre, University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB

Water law and policy: Gaps, opportunities and law reforms

Jun 23 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

From the ELC website:

The Water Act was proclaimed into force on October 7th, 1998 and it represented a significant evolution in how the province could plan and manage water for environmental purposes. However, in the 23 and half years since its proclamation, the potential of the Act has yet to be realized. Read More


Oct 29 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professor Maneesha Deckha (UVic) and Assistant Professor Jessica Eisen (UAlberta) will examine legal categorizations of animals: should animals be considered property, persons, or something else? And what do these categorizations mean for visions of justice and the health and well-being of animals, humans, and our overall environment? Read More

Webinar: Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Environment

Jun 10 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professor Darcy Lindberg and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will discuss Indigenous jurisdiction and the environment – particularly from the perspectives of Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Haida laws – and some of the ways these laws may inform Canada’s constitution, treaty relationships, and federalism as they relate to the environment. Read More

Webinar: Magpie River as a Person

Jun 3 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Magpie River was recently granted legal personhood by the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit and the Minganie Regional County Municipality in Quebec. Our speaker, Yenny Vega Cárdenas, President of the Observatoire international des droits de la nature/ International Observatory of Nature Rights, will describe how this process unfolded and what ‘personhood’ means for the Magpie River. Read More


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