4th Annual Canadian Food Law and Policy Conference

The 4th edition of the annual Canadian Food Law and Policy Conference will be held in Toronto from November 7-9, 2019. The theme of this year’s conference is “From Microbes to Multinationals: The Many Scales of Food Law and Policy”.

Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray will be participating on a panel called “Food for Thought: Roadmap to a National School Food Program” on Friday, November 8.

Angela Lee will be participating on a panel called “The Alternative Proteins Sector: Are Current Regulations Allowing Innovation in Canada?” on Saturday, November 9.

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JELP Environmental Law Conference

Members of the research team will be participating in the upcoming 7th annual environmental law conference hosted by the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. The theme of the conference is Back to the Future: Re-Defining Canada’s Environmental Priorities, and it will be held at the Lester B Pearson United World College in Victoria, BC. The draft program is available HERE.

On June 7, from 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm , Professor Nathalie Chalifour will be presenting on a panel called “Climate Constitutionalism: The Interpretative Imperatives of Ecological Sustainability, Equality and Reconciliation, and Devolution”.

On June 8, from 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm, Professor Nathalie Chalifour and Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray will be presenting on a panel called “Environmental Justice and Food Systems: Food Justice, Climate Justice and Indigenous Food Sovereignty”.


We are pleased to announce that a University of Ottawa graduate student in the Faculty of Law working on issues related to environmental justice has recently graduated.

Congratulations to Carla Sbert, who successfully defended her PhD! Carla’s thesis, “Mining from the Lens of Ecological Law: Obstacles and Opportunities for Re-formation”, offers an important new understanding of ecological law in the context of mining.

Carbon Pricing on Trial

The University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment will be hosting a panel on the constitutionality of Canada’s carbon pricing law, which Saskatchewan and Ontario have challenged. Three of the lawyers involved, including project member Nathalie Chalifour, who is acting as counsel for the United Chiefs of the Mnidoo Mnising, will discuss the recent hearing, the arguments and the implications of this landmark case.

The other panelists are:

  • Stewart Elgie, uOttawa Law professor, counsel for the Ecofiscal Commission

  • Josh Ginsberg, Director of the uOttawa-Ecojustice Law Clinic, counsel for David Suzuki Foundation

When: Wednesday, March 13, 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Where : Room 133, Fauteux Hall (Law Faculty), 57 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa

A light lunch will be served.

Are cows really killing the planet and what does law have to do with it?


On February 13, 2019, Don Buckingham, President and CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, will be presenting as part of the CELGS Environmental Law Speaker Series. His presentation is titled “Are cows really killing the planet and what does law have to do with it?”.

The event will take place from 11:30am-12:50pm at FTX 351.


Extracting Environmental Justice: A Joint Panel Q&A

Professors Nathalie Chalifour and Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, along with their colleagues Salvador Herencia and Professors Penelope Simons and Aimée Craft will be participating in a joint panel Q&A on environmental justice on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 11:30am - 1:00pm in FTX 137. The panel will engage in a critical dialogue on the harmful impacts of natural resource extraction on marginalized communities.

The event is co-hosted by the Indigenous Law Students Association, the Environmental Law Students Association, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) uOttawa, and Level Justice.

All are welcome, and lunch will be provided! Please note that the event will be in English.