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December 2013

Grant Van Hal completed his paper on "Legal Obstacles to the Development of Geothermal Energy in Alberta" and published as CIRL Occasional Paper #42. Mr. Van Hal completed his Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Calgary.

Astrid Kalkbrenner completed her paper on "Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power Plants in Alberta" and published as CIRL Occasional Paper #43. Ms. Kalkbrenner was a Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and was a PhD Law Candidate at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.


November 2013

Research Fellow Giorilyn Bruno completed a paper entitled "Planning for the Future of Alberta's Health: Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Flow Protection".

(Nov 21) University of Calgary Grand Energy Challenge Workshop: Hydraulic Fracturing, Alastair Lucas spoke on “The New Public Participation on Hydraulic Fracturing: Social Licence and Media” and Allan Ingelson made a presentation on “Public Disclosure on Fracking Fluid Contents – Striking a Balance” in Canada and the United States.

(Nov 21) CIRL Research Fellow Ana Maria Radu made a presentation at the School of Public Policy located in downtown Calgary on legislative frameworks in the context of oil and gas development.

(Nov 18) Senior Fellow Monique Passelac-Ross and  Research Fellow David Laidlaw convened an all-day round table on Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation. This event was held as part of the Alberta Law Foundation sponsored research project on Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation. There were 12 people in attendance with representation from the three main treaty areas in Alberta.

(Nov 15) Research Fellow David Laidlaw presented "Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada" as part of the Aboriginal Relations Leadership Certificate Course sponsored by the ATCO Group, at the University of Calgary.

(Nov 14) Research Fellow David Laidlaw guest lectured on Aboriginal Rights in International Environment Law at the University of Calgary.

(Nov 5) Research Fellow David Laidlaw made a presentation at the Native Centre at the University of Calgary to an audience of 20 interested members of the public entitled "Honour of the Crown in Aboriginal Dealings".

The book, Long-term Liability for CCS within the Clean Development Mechanism, by CIRL Research Fellow Ana Maria Radu, was published by Lambert Academic Publishing (182 pages).


October 2013

(Oct 31) Senior CIRL Research Fellow Arlene Kwasniak made a presentation at an oil sands water symposium in Edmonton.

(Oct 24) Continuing Legal Education Workshop on "Drafting Clearer Contracts: A Comprehensive and Disciplined Approach to Drafting Agreements", organized by CIRL and Osgoode, was convened at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus.

(Oct 24) Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes made a noon hour presentation on "Climate Change Litigation: An International Perspective" at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary.

(Oct 23) Senior CIRL Research Fellow Arlene Kwasniak made a presentation at a public forum sponsored by the Crooked Creek at the Athabasca University. She explained the provincial government water licensing system and discussed the benefits and the risks arising from the commodification and trading of Alberta water resources.

(Oct 21) CIRL Research Fellow David Laidlaw presented research, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation Law Foundation, on consultation with aboriginal communities and Alberta's new Aboriginal Consultation Policy at the University of Calgary.

Post-doctoral Fellow Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes made a presentation at the Third National Congress on Climate Change Research at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City from October 14 to 18. She spoke on the panel "Law and Climate Change" on the topic of climate change litigation in the inter-American human rights system.

(Oct 16) The Institute hosted an Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) presentation at which there were 43 attendees.

(Oct 8) Allan Ingelson made a presentation on the regulation of fracing and water protection at a symposium in Calgary on "Unconventional Resources in Alberta", co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy, the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Government of Canada.


September 2013

Allan Ingelson published the article, “Legislating Energy Transportation Corridors” in volume 2 of the Environmental Law and Practice Review, pp 114-257.

Arlene Kwasniak's made a presentation at the Global Water Forum at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

(Sep 26) CIRL Research Fellow Ana Maria Radu met with the Director and representatives from the Climate Change Policy Branch of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. She provided Alberta Government policy makers and environmental regulators with copies of her research paper and discussed about the challenges faced by the local government in implementing Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Scheme.

(Sep 26) CIRL Research Fellow and Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Chilenye Nwapi made a noon hour presentation on "Extractive Industries and the Dilemma of Operating in Developing Countries".

(Sep 25) CIRL Research Fellow Ana Maria Radu attended the Annual Environmental Professional Event in Edmonton and participated in a workshop on GHG Verification Theory and Practice to gain more knowledge about Alberta’s practice on offsets verification.

(Sep 10) CIRL hosted a presentation on Mining and Water in Australia: Traditional Exceptions and Principled Developments (by visiting Professor Alex Gardner, University of Western Australia). There were 27 attendees. (Slides)

(Sep 9) Rolandas Vaiciulis was awarded the CIRL Post-Graduate Fellowship. His current research focused on the proposed linking of California and Quebec as well as the European Union and Australia emissions trading schemes.

(Sep 6) CIRL hosted a presentation by visiting Professor John Chandler, University of Western Australia, on The Corporate Governance of Australian Resources Companies – and its relevance to petroleum operations.


August 2013

Eyes High Post-Doctoral Scholar Chilenye Nwapi published his article "Re-Evaluating the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in Canada" (2013) 34:1 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 59-104.

(Aug 27-30) Professors Allan Ingelson (CIRL/Faculty of Law), Hussein Warsame (Haskayne School of Business), Post-Doctoral Fellow Chilenye Nwapi (CIRL/Faculty of Law) and Assistant Deputy Minister Stephen LeClair, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, Economics and Fiscal Policy, sponsored by the World Bank, met with 76 African parliamentarians, senior government officials and members of civil society in Brazzaville, Republique Du Congo (RDC), Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic. The Canadian experts provided a series of presentations on Canada's oil and mining regulatory experience, tax policy, the government of Alberta's approach to the budgeting and management of oil and gas revenues, taxation, and mineral revenue reporting practices as part of a World Bank initiative to improve transparency in the RDC extractive industries. After listening to the presentations of the Canadian experts, the government of RDC has requested further assistance from CIRL to prepare a new transparency law. In addition, the minister of hydrocarbons with the Democratic Republic of Congo has requested a meeting at the University of Calgary to discuss whether CIRL could provide assistance with developing a new law to improve transparency in that country's extractive industries.

(Aug 14) Monique Passelac-Ross presented a paper entitled "Mine Development, Consultation with Indigenous Peoples and Sustainability", co-authored with Allan Ingelson, at the 23rd World Mining Congress in Montreal, Quebec.

(Aug 6) Monique Passelac-Ross was interviewed by Jeremy Hainsworth, a reporter with the International Environment Report, a publication of Bloomberg's Bureau of National Affairs. She was asked to comment on what the Alberta Energy Regulator's August 6 decision on Brion Energy's Dover project might signal for aboriginal consultation on resource projects.


July 2013

(Jul 17) CIRL Research Fellow David Laidlaw presented research, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation Law Foundation, on Aboriginal Rights and consultation with aboriginal peoples at the University of Calgary with 12 attendees.

(Jul 4) CIRL hosted a presentation on A Review of Environmental Enforcement Culture in Alberta in the Context of the Oil Sands by CIRL Research Fellow Dr. Chilenye Nwapi. There were 22 attendees.

(Jul 1) CIRL Research Fellow Dr. Chilenye Nwapi continued his research as a Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Nwapi's appointment was for two years. He held a PhD in law from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a Bachelor of Laws from Imo State University, Nigeria. His research interest was in environmental law, natural resources law and private international law with emphasis on the liability risks of extractive industries with respect to future litigation concerning climate change. He was particularly interested in the multijurisdictional issues that had arisen in such litigation.


June 2013

(Jun 24) Post-doctoral Fellow Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes was interviewed by a Hispanic Radio Show, Fairchild Radio Calgary Station 94.7 FM, about climate change litigation.

(Jun 5) CIRL offered its popular one-day course on Contract Law for Personnel in the Energy Industry at the University of Calgary.

(Jun 3) CIRL hosted a presentation by Sara Jaremko, LLM, on A Single Regulator in the Northwest Territories, As Informed by Alberta's Single Regulator. There were 17 attendees.

(Jun 3) Dr. Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes became a CIRL Research Fellow and an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow. She held JD, LLM and PhD degrees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. She taught at UNAM, and was a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier 1, France. She has many publications to her credit mostly in the area of international human rights law and principally in Spanish. Veronica taught at Niagara College and Bow Valley College. Veronica's appointment was for two years and had an office in CIRL. She was working on climate change litigation in both national and international law.


May 2013

(May 29) CIRL hosted the presentation on Canadian Aboriginal Rights: Overview and Recent Developments by David Laidlaw. There were 30 attendees.

(May 23) Shayan Najib joined the Institute as a student intern. Mr. Najib was currently in his final year at the University of Calgary majoring in International Relations and will commence legal studies at the University of Edinburgh this September.

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #41, Strategies for Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites in Alberta by Robert K. Omura.

(May 16) Professor Allan Ingelson presented a paper, "Significant Changes to the Canadian EA process", at the Health Impact Assessment section of the 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment. The paper was co-authored with Professors Alastair Lucas and Nickie Vlavianos. The conference theme, "The Next Generation", embraced the impact of current global change now and in the coming decades and how impact assessment will evolve. Professors Ingelson, Lucas and Vlavianos thanked the Alberta Law Foundation and the Cenovus Continuing Legal Education program for their support.

(May 1) Richard Steed joined the Institute as a summer Research Assistant. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Lethbridge. He completed a Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary in 2010. His master's thesis investigated the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry and made regulatory recommendations to mitigate these risks. He has completed the first year of law school at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. His areas of interest are energy and legal-related matters and, in particular, the areas of oilsands development, and unconventional oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing.

(May 1) Dr. Robert Epperson joined the Institute as a summer Research Assistant. He is a 3rd year J.D. student at the University of Calgary. Prior to entering law school, he taught Philosophy at various universities in the U.S., including Auburn University, Washington State University, and Western Washington University, and taught most recently in Canada at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. He was educated in the U.S., receiving his B.S. from Illinois State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. While at law school, his focus has been on natural resource, environmental, and energy law. Currently, he is researching archaeological and palaeontological object regulation in Canada and the U.S.


April 2013

(Apr 24) CIRL hosted the presentation on Strategies for Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites in Alberta by Robert Omura, CIRL Research Fellow. There were 14 attendees.

(Apr 15) Professors Allan Ingelson and Owen Saunders made a presentation to the visiting Congo delegation. Professor Alastair Lucas, Monique Passelac-Ross and Nancy Money were also in attendance.

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #40, A Review of the Environmental Enforcement Culture in Alberta in Relation to the Oil Sands by Dr. Chilenye Nwapi.

(Apr 1) CIRL hosted the presentation, The Illegal Transport of Electronic Waste, by Dr. Lieselot Bisschop, University College Ghent, Belgium. There were 18 attendees.


March 2013

Professor Barry Barton, Director of the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law, The University of Waikato, New Zealand, visited the Institute. He also instructed a course on Canadian Mining Law in the Faculty of Law. Professors Nigel Bankes and Allan Ingelson were guest lecturers in the course.

(Mar 18-19) Environment in the Courtroom (II): Environmental Prosecutions, the second in a series of three national symposia, organized by the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and funded by Environment Canada, was held in Ottawa, Ontario. Ten papers available in both French and English and the webcast recordings are posted on the 2013 CIRL Symposium website. The third symposium, scheduled for March 2014, will focus on creative sentencing for environmental prosecutions.

(Mar 14) As part of the Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program, Professor Nickie Vlavianos presented to the Association of General Counsel of Alberta on the Alberta Responsible Energy Development Act. Nickie's presentation focused on changes that the new act will bring to the consideration and approval of energy projects in Alberta and discussed important issues such as the nature and independence of the new provincial energy regulator and the public participation process.

(Mar 4) Monique Passelac-Ross was interviewed by Lynne Lemieux (Radio-Canada, Alberta) about the reaction of several First Nations in Alberta about the proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in British Columbia, and their concerns on the impacts of the proposed dam on the Peace Athabasca Delta as not being adequately considered in the ongoing joint environmental impact assessment.


February 2013

(Feb 7) The Institute and the Faculty of Law hosted a luncheon for visiting scholar, Dr. Tina Hunter, TC Beirne School or Law, University of Queensland, Australia.

(Feb 4) Professor Nickie Vlavianos gave an Energy and Environmental Systems (EES) Seminar Series talk on "Alberta's Move to a Single Regulator for Energy Development: What are the Changes? What are the Issues?" for the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE). The talk built on a post Nickie wrote for ABlawg about Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act (REDA): "An Overview of Bill 2: Responsible Energy Development Act – What are the changes and What are the issues?" The ISEEE Energy and Environmental Systems Seminar Series presents lectures with a policy and/or a technical focus by visiting Energy and Environment (E&E) experts as well as ISEEE/U of C researchers. Approximately 75 people were in attendance.


January 2013

(Jan 3) Monique Passelac-Ross was interviewed by Rudy Desjardins with the Café Show (Radio-Canada, Alberta) to discuss the Idle No More movement, its meaning, its goals, and the government's reaction to it.