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December 2015

(Dec 5) Cliff Shaw QC presented "Unsecured Creditors’ Remedies in Alberta – Selected Aspects" (and the protections provided to debtors) as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 40 registrants. (Program)

(Dec 1-3) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow presented “The Significance of Mining Codes for Company-Community Relations and Social Licence to Operate” at the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2015: Inside Out, Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.


November 2015

(Nov 30) CIRL Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Law Arlene Kwasniak discussed climate change, drinking water quality, and the role of law and policy at a free panel discussion on "Is our drinking water at risk?".

Allan Ingelson made a presentation on Alberta's regulatory framework for oil and gas development and was a panelist at the Grand Challenge Forum on Responsible Development of Low Permeability Hydrocarbon Resources on November 24 & 25 at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus.

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, published the paper “Local Content Policies in the Oil and Gas Industry in East Africa: Defining the Policy Focus and Scope” in the School of Public Policy Research Paper Series, University of Calgary.

(Nov 7) Randall S. Abate, Professor of Law, Director of the Center for International Law and Justice, and Project Director of the Environment, Development & Justice Program at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida, presented "Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies – Implications for Alberta" as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 48 registrants.

Alastair R. Lucas, Arlene Kwasniak, and Elaine L. Hughes completed the book “Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada”, published by Irwin Law Inc.


October 2015

(Oct 23) Professor Alain Letourneau, Universite de Sherbrooke, visited CIRL.

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, published the article “International Law and Governance of Natural Resources in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations by Daniëlla Dam-de Jong” in (2016) 1 Nigerian Yearbook of International Law.

(Oct 17) Arlene Kwasniak, CIRL Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, presented "Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters" as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 79 registrants. (Slides)

Professor Alastair R. Lucas and Heather Lilles completed and published the article "Opportunities for Public Participation in the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in Alberta" in the Alberta Law Review.

The publication "A Legal Guide to Non-Private Lands in Alberta" by Arlene J. Kwasniak (2015. 195 pp. ISBN 978-0-919269-52-1. $40.00. monograph/softcover) is available for purchase from the Institute. Please visit CIRL's website for "Ordering Information".

(Oct 6) Allan Ingelson made a presentation on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing and induced seismicity in Alberta (that includes a discussion of the 2015 earthquake in near Fox Creek, Alberta) and served as a panelist at a workshop on Traffic Light Protocols and Induced Seismicity, held at the University of Calgary downtown campus.


September 2015

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, will be co-publishing the article “Africa’s Renewed Commitment to Industrial Development within the International Trade System” (with Y.S. Lee) in Reclaiming Development in the World Trading System, 2nd ed (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #51, Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing: Regulatory Recourse for Subsurface Communication by Kimberly Howard.

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, will be publishing the article “Land Grab, Property Rights and Gender Equality in Pluralistic Legal Orders: A Nigerian Perspective” in Amin George Forji & Razka Jaha, eds, Land Grab in Africa: Economic Imperialism? Critical Contributions to a New Paradigm (London: Edward Edgar Publishing, 2016).

(Sep 28) CIRL Research Fellow Giorilyn Bruno made an evening presentation at the University of Calgary on the Alberta Private Surface Agreements Registry.

(Sep 24) Research Fellow David Laidlaw made a presentation at the Stoney Cultural Awareness and Government of Alberta Historic Resources Management Branch Workshop held at the Stoney Nakoda Resort.

(Sep 24) Mr. Francis Saville, a founding member and director of CIRL, received a Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual University of Alberta Alumni Awards ceremony at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta.

CIRL Research Fellow Giorilyn Bruno was awarded the John Ballem Q.C. LLD. Post Graduate Fellowship in Energy Law.

CIRL Executive Director Allan Ingelson and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Chilenye Nwapi published the article "Promoting Transparency in Central African Mineral Development" in (2015) 6:4 Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Journal 233-239.

(Sep 19) Pat Knoll, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Calgary and Professional Registered Parliamentarian, made the presentation "More Efficient Business Meetings -- Not-for-Profit Organizations" as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 69 registrants. (Searching for Procedural RulesSlides)

(Sep 10) CIRL hosted an informal meeting for visiting Professor Reed Benson, University of New Mexico School of Law and members of the Faculty of Law Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law (NREEL) group.

(Sep 3) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, presented “Managing Conflicts between Mineral Development and Water Sustainability in Africa: Exploring the Rights-Based Approach” at the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice Lectures in Uppsala Universitet, Sweden.

(Sep 2) Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes, CIRL Research Fellow, published the article "Climate Change and Human Rights Litigation in Europe and the Americas" (2015) 5:1 Seattle Journal of Environmental Law.


August 2015

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Chilenye Nwapi published the paper "Neoliberal Extractive Resource Governance Frameworks and Interregional Economic Inequality in the Global South: Strengthening Regional Competitiveness through Local Content Policies" in International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), eds., Inequality, Democracy and Development under Neoliberalism and Beyond (New Delhi: IDEAS, 2015) 271-286.


July 2015

(Jul 27) Allan Ingelson, Executive Director of CIRL, and Nickie Vlavianos, Associate Professor of Law, met with Rudiger Tscherning, past Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainability Law at Qatar University College of Law, Doha, Quatar.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Chilenye Nwapi published the article "Corruption Vulnerabilities in Local Content Policies in the Extractive Sector: An Examination of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, 2010" (2015) 46:2 Resources Policy 92-96.

(Jul 15) Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes, CIRL Research Fellow, published the article "The Arctic Athabaskan Petition: Where Accelerated Warming Meets Human Rights" (Spring 2015) 45:2 California Western International Law Journal.

(Jul 13-15) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, attended and presented “Promoting Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Africa: The Case of Rwanda” at the 7th Sustainable Development in the Mineral Industry Conference, Norman B. Keevel Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

(Jul 13) Allan Ingelson met with a delegation of visiting scholars from the China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China.


June 2015

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, published the article “Governance Considerations Relating to Social Impact Assessments for Mining Development in African Communities” (2015) 17:2 Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy & Management.

(Jun 13) Levonne Louie made the presentation "Mineral Land Rights in Alberta - What Landowners Need to Know" as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 57 registrants.

(Jun 12) Dr. Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes, former Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow & CIRL Research Fellow, made a presentation, "The Athabaskan Petition: Where Accelerated Arctic Warming Meets Human Rights", at the Calgary Sustainability Conference, Sustainability as Intergenerational Justice, University of Calgary.

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, co-published the article “International Legal Regime for Sustainable Soil” (with Temitope Elizabeth Alori) in Rhuks Ako & Damilola Olawuyi, eds., Food and Agricultural Law: Readings on Sustainable Agriculture and the Law in Nigeria (Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria: Afe Babalola University Press, 2015) pp 98-114.

(Jun 11) Professor Alastair Lucas made the presentation, "Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Participation" at the Seminar on Sharing the Benefits of Energy and Natural Resource Developments: Key Developments in the International Energy Scenario, Universidad Externado De Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, published the chapter article “Land Ownership, Mineral Development and Agriculture in Nigeria: An Examination of Key Issues and Challenges” in Rhuks Ako & Damilola Olawuyi, eds., Food and Agricultural Law: Readings on Sustainable Agriculture and the Law in Nigeria (Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria: Afe Babalola University Press, 2015) pp 30-47.

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, published the article "Defining the 'Local' in Local Content Requirements in the Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors in Developing Countries" (2015) 8:1 Law and Development Review.

(Jun 4) Dr. Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes, former Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar & CIRL Research Fellow, made the presentation "Climate Change Litigation in Canada and the U.S." in the Energy Law class, Sustainable Energy Program, University of Calgary.

(Jun 4) Visiting delegation from the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand. The group included Judges and the Secretarial General.

(Jun 2) Rolandas Vaiciulis, CIRL Research Fellow, presented his paper “Linking Emissions Trading Schemes: Analysis and Recommendations for EU-Australia and Quebec-California Linkages” at the University of Calgary.

(Jun 1-2) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, attended and co-presented with Julia Cardaval Martins (Georgetown University), "Understanding Cooperative Environmental Governance in Federal States: Australia, Brazil, Canada and Nigeria" at the Institute for Global Law and Policy 2015 Conference, Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The publication "The Special Areas Act: Alberta’s Dust Bowl in a Changing Climate" by Dr. William N. Holden (2015. 91 pp. ISBN 978-0-919269-51-4. $35.00. softcover) is available to purchase from the Institute. For more information, please visit CIRL's website for "Ordering Information".


May 2015

Professor Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C., is a member of the Planning Committee and moderated a panel on “Aboriginal Title, Treaties and North American Natural Resource Development” at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s 17th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Salt Lake City, May 27-29, 2015. The next Institute will be held in Banff in June 2017.

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #49, Calibrating Liquefied Natural Gas Export Life Cycle Assessment: Accounting for Legal Boundaries and Post-Export Markets, by Prof. James Coleman, Dr. Adebola S. Kasumu, Jeanne Liendo, Vivian Li, and Dr. Sarah M. Jordaan.

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #48, Biodiversity and Conservation Offsets: A Guide for Albertans, by David W. Poulton.

(May 14) Dr. Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes, Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow, made a presentation, "Understanding Climate Change Litigation in Canada and the U.S. ", at the Faculty of Law, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico.

(May 12-13) Dr. Chllenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, attended and presented "Realizing the Africa Mining Vision: The Role of Government-Initiated International Development Think Tanks" at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy's Mining, Environment and Society Conference  2015: "Beyond Sustainability - Building Resilience" in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #46, Environmental Sentencing Policy in Alberta: A Critical Review, by Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

(May 9) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, made the presentation "The Federal and Provincial Environmental Assessment Processes in Alberta" as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 54 registrants.

(May-August) Four Juris Doctor students (Paul Reid, Christopher Philip, Trent Blanchette and Alex Grigg) worked in CIRL as research assistants.


April 2015

(Apr 18) Martin Olszynski, Assistant Professor of Law, made a presentation on Environmental Law 101: Environmental Law as Decision-Making Process as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 52 registrants.

(Apr 17) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, presented "Defining the 'Local' in Local Content Requirements in the Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors for Sustainable National and Subnational Economic Development in Developing Countries" at the 2015 Law and Development Conference: "New Directions for Law and Development", Payson Centre for International Development, Tulane Law School in New Orleans.

(Apr 2) Download the article "The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: Criteria Evaluations & Lessons Learned" by Josephine Victoria Yam; "Book Review — Leasing Oil and Gas Interests: A Plain Language Account" by Fenner L. Stewart in Resources 2015 (#117).

(Apr 1) Professor Emerita Arlene Kwasniak was awarded the University of Calgary Sustainability Award for outstanding Teaching Leadership, which recognizes outstanding and inspirational instruction for a course or units of a course that concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens. Arlene was recognized at the annual Sustainability Awards.


March 2015

(Mar 21) Jennifer Koshan, Professor of Law, made the presentation Aboriginal Women's Rights as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 65 registrants. (Slides)

(Mar 19) David Laidlaw conducted a one-day Training Session on the Crown’s Duty to Consult and Accommodate and Alberta’s New Consultation Policy. The presentation included: a discussion of the legal basis of the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate aboriginal peoples; the treaty basis for consultation in Mikisew (2005); Alberta’s Consultation Policy (2013); Consultation Guidelines (2014); the Aboriginal Consultation Office; the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act. The day-long presentation included a presentation on the Early Recognition of Stoney Nakoda Hunting Rights: R. v. Wesley (1932).

(Mar 12) David Laidlaw attended a meeting between the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and representatives from the Federal Government’s Canadian Environment Assessment Agency, Transportation Department, National Parks and Environment Canada. As part of the Stoney Nakoda presentation in the afternoon, he presented on the Early Historical Recognition of Stoney Nakoda Water Rights (1877-1930).

(Mar 11) As visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law, Perth, Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C., made the presentation "Canadian Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation” at the Regulation of Shale Gas Operations Seminar, Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law, University of Western Australia, Faculty of Law.

(Mar 6 & 7) The national symposium "Environment in the Courtroom: Evidentiary Issues in Environmental Prosecutions and Hearings", funded by Environment Canada and organized by the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Faculty of Law and the Canadian Bar Association was held in Calgary. Papers available in both French and English and the webcast recordings are posted on the 2015 CIRL Symposium website.

(Mar 6-8) David Laidlaw was the Coach for the Kawaskimhon Moot (2015), held at the Faculty of Law in New Brunswick at Fredericton, New Brunswick and traveled with the University of Calgary Team. The Kawaskimhon Moot is a graded non-competitive moot between 15 Canadian Law Schools using Traditional aboriginal talking circles to contest the legal position of aboriginal clients with the objective of obtaining consensus. Preparation started in November of 2014 and included the students researching the applicable law, facts and policy; writing a collaborative Position Paper of 20-30 pages; presentations to at least 4 legal audiences based on the Position Paper prior to the Moot and with the Moot itself involving 8 formal Talking Circles and informal negotiations over a grueling weekend.

David Laidlaw prepared the paper "Challenges in Using Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in the Courts" for the upcoming national symposium on Environment in the Courtroom: Evidentiary Issues in Environmental Prosecutions and Hearings to be held in Calgary on March 6-7, 2015. 

(Mar 5) As visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law, Perth, Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C., guest lectured on "Canadian Greenhouse Gas Regulation" in the Environmental Law Course.

(Mar 4-6) Professor Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C., made the presentations “Shale gas regulation – North American perspective”, “Sustainability perspectives”, “Aboriginal title (Tsilhqot'in First Nation v. B.C.)”, and “Human rights issues” in the International Oil and Gas Law Course, Centre for Mining, Energy and Resources Law, University of Western Australia, Faculty of Law.


February 2015

Download CIRL Occasional Paper #45, Alberta's CO2 Reduction Strategy - Assessing the Environmental Integrity of Emissions Trading Schemes, by CIRL Research Fellow Ana Maria Radu.

Download the article "Mainstreaming Sustainability: An Evaluation of Alberta’s Legal and Regulatory Regime for Gas Development" by Orieji Onuma; "Mexico’s Energy Reform" by Verónica de la Rosa Jaimes in Resources 2014/2015 (#116).

COURSE CANCELLED - Introduction to Contract Law for Personnel in the Oil and Gas Industry on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 has been cancelled.

Professor Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C., was a visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia, Faculty of Law, Perth from February 17 to April 13, 2015.

(Feb 14) David Poulton made the presentation "Can Markets Save Biodiversity? The Promise and Perils of Biodiversity Offsets" as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 49 registrants. (Slides)


January 2015

(Jan 24) Jonnette Watson Hamilton, Professor of Law, University of Calgary, made a presentation Residential Tenants' Rights as part of the Saturday Morning at the Law School lecture series, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. There were 43 registrants. (Slides)

(Jan 23) An all-day Continuing Legal Education Workshop on "Tech Crime and Electronic Evidence", organized by CIRL and Osgoode Professional Development, was held at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus.

(Jan 23) CIRL Research Fellow David Laidlaw made a presentation, “Historical Recognition of Stoney Nakoda First Nation Water Rights in the Bow River Basin”, at the Bow River Graduate History Conference held at the University of Calgary.

(Jan 20) Arlene Kwasniak, Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, presented "Water and the Land: Law, Policy, and Agriculture" at the Alberta Federation of Agriculture 2015 Annual General Meeting in Red Deer. (Red Deer Advocate article)

(Jan 2-11) Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, attended and presented "How May Local Content Requirements in the Extractive Sector be Designed to Engender Sustainable National and Subnational Economic Development in Developing Countries? A Critical Look  at the Definition of 'Local'", at the Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar.