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. 

CIRL is hiring a summer research assistant

CIRL is accepting applications for spring/summer legal research assistant positions for the period June through August 2021. Students currently enrolled in the first or second year of a Juris Doctor program are eligible to apply. Candidates must have an interest in environmental and energy law along with excellent research and writing skills.

Find out more and apply by May 31

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.


Meet our team

Meet our researchers and affiliated faculty.

Meet the team

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In the News: Global News

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Exploring biodiversity through a legal lens

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Professor takes the lead in environmental impact assessment course

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