San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture entitled How Public are Public Lands?
This public legal education workshop features Professors Arlene Kwasniak and Alastair Lucas, two of the three authors of Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada (Irwin Law, 2016), the first and only Canadian law textbook that focusses on Government owned lands and resources, and the myriad of environmental, economic, and social issues they raise. The presenters will address what public lands and resources are and how they came to be, in what sense are they "public", whether should they remain in public ownership, and whether there should be limitations on private profits from public lands and resources.
Arlene Kwasniak and Alastair Lucas will be the lecturers.
This event is sponsored by the Alberta Law Foundation.
Al has been a member of the Alberta Bar since 1968. Before joining the University of Calgary in 1976 as a founding faculty member, he was at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1976. During his term with the UofC Law School, he has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, as Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) and, most recently, as Dean of Law from 2006 to 2011. He has been a consultant and policy advisor to several government departments and tribunals, and has held numerous professional appointments. Al is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Al's academic interests are concentrated on regulatory issues related to energy and environmental law, oil and gas law, constitutional law, and judicial review. Special research focus is on Canadian international and comparative environmental and energy law, including, judicial review of energy facilities decisions, regulation of hydraulic fracturing, regulatory public involvement, regulation of interjurisdictional pipelines, and the legal agenda for transition to low-carbon economies. The first Canadian book on Public Land Law (with Elaine Hughes and Arlene Kwasniak) was published in June, 2016 (Irwin Law).
Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2003, Arlene's law practice was with the Environmental Law Centre (Edmonton, Alberta) for 11 years, the last two as Executive Director. There she developed keen interests in water law and policy, municipal law and policy, legal issues concerning inter-jurisdictional management and ecosystem approaches, law and sustainability, and private conservancy instruments. Arlene's research interests are in water law and policy, municipal law and policy, legal issues concerning inter-jurisdictional management and ecosystem approaches, law and sustainability, and private conservancy instruments. Arlene has served on the Alberta Water Council, Wetlands Team, which developed new wetland policy proposal in 2007, and on the Alberta Water Management Review Committee, which was instrumental in developing new water legislation for the province, and the federal Regulatory Advisory Committee constituted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to advise the federal Environment Minister on matters concerning environmental assessment in Canada.
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Canadian Institute of Resources Law
The Canadian Institute of Resources Law is the leading national centre of expertise on legal and policy issues relating to Canada's natural resources. Since its establishment in 1979, the Institute has pursued a three-fold mandate of research, education and publication. The Institute initiates projects and responds to requests from the public and private sectors and from non-governmental organizations.