Upcoming Conferences

“We’ll always have Paris: Climate Change Law & Policy following the Paris Agreement”

General Registration Opening Soon!

The JELP’s 6th biennial conference is being held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th. Below you will find the conference program. General registration will open on May 3th, 2017 and will operate on a first-in-time, first-in-right basis. As in previous years, we are striving to give the conference a workshop-feel and have therefore deliberately limited participation to roughly 40 participants. The conference registration fee is $350, which includes two nights of accommodations (single occupancy residences at Dalhousie University), all meals Friday (including dinner at a local restaurant) and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. To secure a spot, please download and follow the instructions on this year’s Registration Form and email it to jelp@usask.ca on May 3, 2017.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

DAY 1: Friday, June 16, 2017

CONFERENCE WELCOME: 9:00 am – 9:20 am

PANEL I: INTRODUCTION TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT (9:20 am – 10:40 am)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “The Bottom Up Alternative: Non-Governmental Approaches to Implement the Paris Agreement” – Maria Banda (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law)
  2. “Walking the Paris Financial Talk: Climate Financial Obligations of Canada & Other Developed Countries Post 2020” – Patricia Galvao Ferreira (Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation)
  3. “Paris, We Hardly Knew Ye, The Start of the End of Paris and Hopefully the UNFCCC” – Bruce Pardy (Queen’s University, Faculty of Law)

REFRESHMENT BREAK: 10:40 am – 11:00 am

PANEL II: ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE (11:00 am – 12:20 pm)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “On Thin Ice: Meeting Canada’s Paris Climate Agreement Commitments” – Andrew Green (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law)
  2. “Paris versus Pipelines: Canada’s Climate Change Policy Puzzle” – Jason MacLean (Lakehead University, Faculty of Law)
  3. “Environmental Assessment, Climate Change and Progress towards Sustainability” – Bob Gibson (University of Waterloo Dep’t of Environment and Resource Studies) & Karine Péloffy (Centre for International Sustainable Development Law)

LUNCH (12:20 pm – 1:30 pm)

PANEL III: CLIMATE LIABILITY, LITIGATION AND LEGISLATION PART I (1:30 pm – 2:50 pm)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “Coming of Age: The Charter’s Equality Guarantee and Climate Justice for Youth and Future Generations” – Nathalie Chalifour (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law)
  2. “Climate Litigation against the Fossil Fuel Industry – Canadian Legal Options” – Andrew Gage (West Coast Environmental Law)
  3. “Climate-Proofing Judicial Review of Environmental Assessment” – Chris Tollefson (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law) and Jason McLean (Lakehead University, Faculty of Law)

Refreshment Break 2:50 pm – 3:20 pm

PANEL IV: CLIMATE LIABILITY, LITIGATION AND LEGISLATION PART II (3:20 pm – 4:40 pm)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “Can Canada’s ‘Living Tree’ Constitution and Lessons from Foreign Climate Litigation see Climate Justice and Remedy Climate Change” – Dustin W. Klaudt (LLM Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School)
  2. “A Preview and Preliminary Assessment of the International Bar Association’s Model Climate Change Remedies Law” – David Estrin (Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School) and Stepan Wood (Osgoode Hall Law School)
  3. “From Smokes to Smokestacks: Lessons from Tobacco for the Future of Climate Change Liability” – Martin Olszynski (University of Calgary, Faculty of Law), Sharon Mascher (University of Calgary, Faculty of Law), Meinhard Doelle (Dalhousie University, Schulich Law School)

 Saturday June 17, 2017

PANEL V: CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER SECTORS (9:00 am – 10:20 am)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “The Effectiveness of Current Strategies for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation and Loss and Damage in Canadian Water Law” – Deborah Curran (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies)
  2. “Mitigation and Adaptation in Canadian Agriculture” – Jamie Benidickson (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law)
  3. “Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Extractive Industries” – Sara Seck (Western University, Faculty of Law [joining Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law July 2017])

Refreshment Break 10:20 am – 10:50 am

PANEL VI: REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES (10:50 am – 11:20 am)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “How Important is Climate Change When It Comes to Authorize Development Projects? A Preliminary Assessment of the “Climate Test” in Quebec’s New Environmental Authorization Scheme” – Géraud de Lassus St-Geniès (Laval University, Law Faculty)
  2. “Nova Scotia’s Cap & Trade System” – Meinhard Doelle (Dalhousie University, Schulich Law School)
  3. “Assessing Provincial Regimes against a Federal Carbon Price” Sharon Mascher (University of Calgary Faculty of Law)

Light Lunch 11:20 am – 11:50 am

PANEL VII: ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES AND PERSPECTIVES (11:50 am – 1:10 pm)

Panel Chair: TBA

  1. “Regulating Consumption” – Melissa Gorrie (EcoJustice and LLM Candidate, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law)
  2. “Big Data: Climate Tool or Privacy Problem?” – Jason Unger and Astrid Kalkbrenner (Environmental Law Centre, Edmonton)
  3. “Municipal By-laws and Education” – David Estrin (Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School) and Stepan Wood (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Closing Thoughts 1:10 pm – 1:20 pm