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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.

Meet the team

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In the News

Seven UCalgary scholars named as Fellows by Royal Society of Canada

Group represents the most UCalgary scholars awarded the honour in a single year since 1997...

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In the News: The Narwhal

Talk of potential sale of Teck coal mines prompts concerns about contamination in B.C.’s Elk Valley

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In the News: National Observer

In my humble opinion, buying a pipeline wasn’t a bad idea

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Professor takes the lead in environmental impact assessment course

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