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Canadian Institute of Resources Law

Canada's leading centre of expertise on energy and environmental law and policy.


The Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) is a leading national centre of expertise on energy and environmental policy and law issues relating to Alberta's energy and natural resources. Since its establishment in 1979, the Institute has developed an international reputation for excellence in resources, energy and environmental law, and pursues a three-fold mandate to undertake research, education and publication activities on energy and the environment. 

Environment in the Courtroom Symposiums


Papers and videos from the annual Environment in the Courtroom symposium.

Resources: A publication by the Canadian Institute of Resources Law

Resources: A CIRL Publication

"Resources" provides commentary on matters of current concern in natural resources law and policy.

Other publications by CIRL


Explore our variety of publications on natural resources and environmental law.


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Meet our researchers and affiliated faculty.

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UCalgary research team poised to develop large-scale marine carbon dioxide removal technology

$100K research fund will aid pilot project aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere...

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In the News: Energi Media

Canada promised plenty at COP26, but will it follow through?

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Professor publishes chapter in climate change law handbook

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In the News: MSN/Canadian Press

Alberta inquiry finds no wrongdoing in anti-oilsands campaign despite foreign funds

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