The conference program and information for general registration has now been posted on the “Conferences” page.
The deadline for conference proposals has now passed. The response to this year’s call has been excellent, with an unprecedented number of high-quality proposals. We will now begin the difficult work of selecting proposals and finalizing the program. We hope to have this work completed by the end of February, at which time we will contact all submitters. We will also post the program and open the conference to general registration at that time.
We can also now confirm conference location and dates. The first day of the conference will be Friday, June 5th, and will take place at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. At the end of Day 1, participants will be transported to the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country for supper and an evening social. Day 2 of the conference (Saturday, June 6th) will take place at the Field Station. The program, information on general registration, and all future updates with respect to the conference will be posted under the “Conferences” tab of the JELP blog.
We look forward to a rigorous and thought-provoking discussion about the future of Canadian environmental law and policy “après…le déluge.”
Sharon Mascher, Meinhard Doelle and Martin Olszynski
‘Après…le Déluge’: Future Directions for Environmental Law and Policy in Canada
It has been nearly three years since the passage of the infamous federal omnibus budget bills (C-38 and C-45), which amongst other things brought about hasty but also fundamental changes to Canada’s environmental law regime. The-then Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 1992 was repealed and replaced by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, decision-making under which has been recently described as lacking in clarity and transparency; the habitat protection and pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act saw both a widening and reduction in their scope through the addition of confusing terms and definitions, leaving most commentators unsure about those changes’ ultimate impact, while the Navigable Waters Protection Act was transformed into the Navigation Protection Act, in the process resurrecting the role of the common law in protecting the right of navigation in the vast majority of Canadian rivers and lakes. These legislative changes were accompanied by budget cuts to line departments such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada, the muzzling of Canadian scientists and prolonged – if not indefinite – delays in regulating greenhouse gases.
What has been the effect of these laws and policies? How might other levels of government respond to fill the resulting gaps? What might a reinvigorated federal environmental regime look like? The Journal of Environmental Law and Practice’s (JELP) 5th biennial conference will explore these important questions. We therefore invite Canadian environmental law scholars and practitioners to submit paper proposals to us by February 9, 2015. We are particularly interested in papers that fall into one of the following three categories (or a combination thereof):
- Papers analyzing and/or assessing the effect of the changes to federal environmental law and policy over the past five years (both doctrinal and empirical approaches are encouraged);
- Papers exploring potential responses to the federal retreat in the environmental arena, including:
- provincial, territorial, municipal and/or Aboriginal responses;
- common law and/or international law responses;
- Papers that explore new approaches to federal environmental issues, such as environmental assessment, fisheries, climate change, toxic substances, species at risk, etc…
Paper proposals should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, should include a brief outline of the proposal (1/2 – 1 page) and should be accompanied by an author biography. Funding will be available to assist presenters with travel costs and accommodations. Date and place have been tentatively set for early June (2015) at the University of Calgary’s Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. General registration will be offered once presenters and the program have been confirmed. As in previous years, participation in the JELP conference will be limited to approximately 30 – 35 persons.
We look forward to a successful conference in the summer of 2015,
Sharon Mascher, Meinhard Doelle and Martin Olszynski
Welcome to the new blog of the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice (JELP). Published by Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business, and currently edited by Professors Meinhard Doelle (Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law), Sharon Mascher and Martin Olszynski (University of Calgary Faculty of Law), the JELP is Canada’s premier refereed legal periodical in Canadian environmental law and policy, with more than 20 years of publishing experience.
Here you will find information about the JELP, submission guidelines, contact information, as well as information about previous and upcoming conferences. In the coming months, we will provide information on forthcoming articles, as well as updates and commentary on current issues in environmental law and practice in Canada. We look forward to working with Canada’s environmental law community as we embark on this new and exciting phase for the JELP.