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Governance

The Board of Directors governs the Institute. Board members are appointed by the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and University of Calgary President. The Board of Directors is responsible for the operations of the Institute. It meets to determine financial policy, set priorities, initiate research projects and oversee the general work and well-being of the organization.

Board of Directors

Management & Staff

  1. Allan Ingelson

    Associate Professor 
    Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Resources Law

    allan.ingelson@ucalgary.ca

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  2. Alastair Lucas, QC

    Professor Emeritus of Law
    Associate Director, Canadian Institute of Resources Law

    alucas@ucalgary.ca

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  1. J. Owen Saunders

    Senior Fellow

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  2. Alastair Lucas, QC

    Professor Emeritus of Law

    alucas@ucalgary.ca

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  3. Arlene Kwasniak

    Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita

    akwasnia@ucalgary.ca

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  4. Nickie Nikolaou

    Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic

    n.nikolaou@ucalgary.ca

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  5. Martin Olszynski

    Associate Professor

    molszyns@ucalgary.ca

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  6. Dr. Fenner Stewart, PhD

    Associate Professor

    fenner.stewart@ucalgary.ca

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  7. Robert Hamilton

    Assistant Professor

    robert.hamilton1@ucalgary.ca

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  8. Rudiger Tscherning

    Assistant Professor

    rudiger.tscherning@ucalgary.ca

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  9. Dr. William N. Holden, PhD

    Research Associate and Associate Professor, Department of Geography

    wnholden@ucalgary.ca

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  1. Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, PhD

    Research Associate

    cnwapi@ucalgary.ca

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  2. Dr. Judy Stewart, PhD

    Research Fellow

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  3. Flora Stevenson

    Research Fellow

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  4. Dr. Verónica de la Rosa Jaimes, PhD

    Research Fellow

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  5. Sara Jaremko

    Research Fellow

    sljaremk@ucalgary.ca

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  6. David Laidlaw

    Research Fellow

    dklaidla@ucalgary.ca

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  7. Meriam Bravante

    Research Fellow

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  8. Indra Maharaj

    Research Fellow

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Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law (NREEL) Members

Chair of Natural Resources Law and Professor Nigel Bankes

Research interests: Carbon capture and storage; indigenous peoples' law, especially resource law (international and domestic); international water law (especially the Columbia River Treaty); domestic water law; oil and gas law (regulation and private law).

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Associate Professor Shaun Fluker

Research interests: Access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection; the implementation of environmental norms in law; the regulation of environmental markets.

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Assistant Professor Anna-Maria Hubert

Research interests: Public International Law; Law of the Sea; International Environmental Law; International Law and Policy relating to Science and Engineering Technologies.

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Associate Professor Allan Ingelson, and Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Resources Law

Research interests: Regulation of the Canadian and international energy and mining sectors.

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Professor Emerita of Law Arlene Kwasniak

Research interests: Water law, wetland conservation law, public lands and resources law; municipal and planning law (in particular regarding economic instruments such as conservation easements and transfer of development credits); environmental law (in particular regarding environmental assessments); legal and policy issues concerning environmental sustainability.

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Professor and Dean Emeritus Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C.

Research interests: Constitutional jurisdiction over greenhouse gas emission regulation and carbon offset markets; regulation of interjurisdictional pipelines; environmental law and policy; comparative energy and environmental law; international environmental law; oil and gas and energy law.

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Professor Sharon Mascher

Research interests: Environmental law; international environmental law; climate law; natural resources law; mining and energy law; oil and gas law; property law and laws affecting indigenous peoples.

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean Nickie Nikolaou

Research interests: The regulation of energy and natural resources development; stakeholder engagement; liability for environmental damage; corporate social responsibility; the intersection between human rights and natural resources law; the role of local governments in energy development.

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Associate Professor Martin Olszynski

Research interests: Environmental, water and natural resource law and policy; environmental valuation; ecosystem services, management and adaptive management.

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Professor Dr. Evaristus Oshionebo

Research interests: Law and policy governing extraction and mining of natural resources; regulation of transnational corporations in Africa's extractive industries; sustainable extraction of natural resources.

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Associate Professor Fenner Stewart

Research interests: Energy law and policy (regulation and private law); regulatory theory; corporate governance; governance of the oil and gas sector (including indigenous peoples' law); and legal theory (and its application to the areas of natural resources, energy and environmental law).

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Assistant Professor Rudiger Tscherning

Research interests: International and comparative energy and natural resources law and policy; the conflict of laws (private international law); international infrastructure and construction law; international nuclear law and policy; international commercial law; transportation of energy and commodities.

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Assistant Professor Kristen van de Biezenbos

Research Interests: Energy Extraction, Transportation, and Land Use Issues, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy, Renewable Energy Markets and Regulation and Offshore Energy Law.

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Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Whitsitt

Research interests: The relationship between international trade law and international investment law with a focus on principles of non-discrimination in each of those regimes; international trade and investment law implications for carbon management regimes; international investment law implications for sovereign wealth funds such as the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and other similar energy revenue-based investment vehicles.

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Assistant Professor David Wright

Research interests: Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Law, Climate Law, International Sustainable Development Law and the Rule of Law.

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