Environmental Justice Research Fellowship 2017-2018

This year’s recipient of the Environmental Justice Research Fellowship is Danielle Gallant, a Master of Laws candidate at the University of Ottawa. Danielle will be working on the climate justice case study. She is currently completing the LL.M. with Concentration in Global Sustainability and Environmental Law, having graduated with high honours from the Civil Law and the International Development and Globalization programs. Additionally, she is a member of the Quebec Bar and completed her articling at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which confirmed her passion for humanitarian issues. She also explored environmental law and governance at the provincial, national and international levels during her multidisciplinary studies in Ottawa as well as during an exchange at the VU University Amsterdam. It is with these complementary interests in mind that Danielle will be focusing her research on the effectiveness of the human rights framework in attaining climate justice, under the supervision of the Faculty of Law’s Professor Nathalie Chalifour. Danielle also contributes to both the Environmental Law and the Human Rights Clinics of the University of Ottawa, honing her legal knowledge and skills in order to apply them within these fascinating fields at the end of her graduate studies. 

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Cette année, la récipiendaire de la Bourse de recherche en justice environnementale est Danielle Gallant, candidate à la Maîtrise en droit à l’Université d’Ottawa. Danielle travaillera sur le cas d’étude de la justice climatique. Elle complète présentement le LL.M. avec concentration en Droit de l’environnement et du développement durable, étant diplômée avec hautes distinctions des programmes de Droit civil et de Développement international et mondialisation. De plus, elle est membre du Barreau du Québec et a complété son stage au Tribunal pénal international pour l’ex-Yougoslavie, confirmant sa passion pour les questions humanitaires. Elle a aussi exploré le droit et la gouvernance environnementaux aux niveaux provincial, national et international au cours de ses études multidisciplinaires à Ottawa ainsi que lors d’un échange à l’Université VU Amsterdam. C’est avec ces intérêts complémentaires à l'esprit que Danielle axera sa recherche sur l'efficacité du système des droits humains pour atteindre la justice climatique, sous la supervision de la professeure Nathalie Chalifour de la Faculté de droit. Elle contribue également aux Cliniques de droit de l’environnement et sur les droits de la personne de l’Université d’Ottawa, et peaufine ses connaissances et ses habiletés juridiques afin de les appliquer dans le cadre de ces domaines fascinants à la fin de ses études supérieures.

Colloque international Sécurité alimentaire et nutrition à l’heure des changements climatiques

Professor Sophie Thériault recently participated in the Colloque international Sécurité alimentaire et nutrition à l’heure des changements climatiques. 

Du 24 au 27 septembre, le Gouvernement du Québec, en collaboration avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), organise le Colloque international sur la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition à l’heure des changements climatiques. Près de 225 experts et représentants d’organisations internationales, de la société civile, du secteur privé et de la jeunesse sont attendus au Centre des congrès de Québec.

Her presentation, on September 26, in a panel on the topic of "Augmenter la résilience du système alimentaire dans un Nord en changement", was titled: “La sécurité alimentaire des Inuit et les changements climatiques: repenser la gouvernance du territoire et de la biodiversité dans l’optique de la souveraineté alimentaire”.

Professor Thériault on Climate Justice

Professor Sophie Thériault was recently interviewed for Je vote pour la science about social injustices in the wake of global warming and associated severe weather events, as we have recently witnessed ravaging the Caribbean and the southern United States. 

In Canada, Aboriginal peoples in the North are among the most vulnerable to climate change. How can justice be done for these groups? If a group wants to file a complaint, how can it do so?

Listen to the broadcast here: http://www.sciencepresse.qc.ca/baladodiffusion/2017/09/27/injustices-sociales-face-climat

Food Law Course

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law will be offering a brand new course on Food Law in the Winter 2018 term. The course, co-taught by Professor McLeod-Kilmurray and doctoral student Angela Lee, is one of the first of its kind in Canada. 

The course is intended to provide a basic overview of food law and policy in Canada. In addition to reviewing the primary acts and actors relevant to this area, the course will survey major topics covering all aspects of the food chain, from production to consumption. This will include topics such as agricultural law and policy, food safety, food and health labelling, marketing and advertising, public health, and the practice of food law in Canada. 

Conference on Human Rights and Natural Resource Extraction

Professor Nathalie Chalifour will be presenting at a conference on human rights and natural resource extraction, to be held October 26-28 at the University of Ottawa. Her presentation, entitled: Integrating gender considerations into Canadian environmental policy, will stress the importance of ensuring that economic and environmental policies are developed in a way that promotes gender equality. She argues that while the federal government's "Gender-based analysis Plus (GBA+)" tool is meant to achieve this, it has not lived up to its potential. Thus, applying an environmental justice framework, and using climate change (specifically carbon pricing policy) as a case study, she will discuss: (1) the policies’ relevance to gender equality; (2) how a tool like GBA+ could, if applied properly, influence the development of climate policy; and, (3) the opportunity of integrated policies to achieve co-benefits and ultimately contribute to sustainable development in Canada.

Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

Professor Nathalie Chalifour will be presenting at the Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, to be held September 27-28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona, on the topic of Canadian climate policy.

One presentation is entitled:  Taking Flight – Aviation and Climate Change Policy in the Post-Paris World (with Laurel Besco).

The other is: Turning up the Heat – Key Issues and Latest Developments in Canadian Climate Policy.