Environmental rights: the power and the promiseA panel discussion and Q&A on environmental rights

Oct. 3, 2018 12:00pm University of Alberta, Law Centre - Room LC 231 (111 – 89th Avenue), Edmonton, Alberta panel - Public event

The Environmental Law Students Association, Pembina Institute, Healthy Environment YEG, Environmental Law Centre and the David Suzuki Foundation invite you to a forum to discuss the legal right to a healthy environment as a solution to environmental problems.

Over the past 50 years, environmental rights have become the fastest-growing body of human rights law internationally. We have a historic opportunity to ensure that everyone in Canada has the right to a healthy environment.

Speakers include:

  • Nikki Way, analyst for the Pembina Institute. Nikki Way is an analyst for the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank. She focuses on fossil fuel development and is interested in the impacts of oil and gas development on Albertans, and participation in environmental decision-making.
  • Jason Unger, executive director of the Environmental Law Centre. Jason Unger is the executive director of the Environmental Law Centre, a charity committed to environmental law education and reform to foster a clean and healthy environment for current and future generations of Albertans. Unger worked in litigation and regulatory law practice in Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Peter Wood, environmental rights national campaign manager at the David Suzuki Foundation. Peter Wood has worked on a variety of issues at the nexus of environmental and human rights over the past two decades, including for organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law, Global Witness and the UN. He is currently national manager for the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot campaign, which seeks to enshrine environmental rights within Canada's constitution.

Moderating the event will be Cameron Jefferies, assistant professor and Borden Ladner Gervais fellow at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, who researches environmental law, natural resource law, ocean law and animal law. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of Virginia, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.


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