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Meinhard Doelle

Professor of Law; Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute; Associate Dean, Research

Schulich School of Law , Marine & Environmental Law Institute

Email: mdoelle@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1030
Mailing Address: 
Room 417, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Climate change
  • Environmental law
  • International environmental law
  • Marine law
  • Energy law
  • Ocean governance


  • BSc (Dalhousie)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)
  • LLM (Osgoode)
  • JSD (Dalhousie)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 1990


Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 1990


Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 1990


Professor of Law, and Associate Dean, Research, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute.

Professor Doelle specializes in environmental and energy law, with a focus on climate change and environmental assessment processes. He has been involved in the practice of environmental law in Nova Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the NS Environment Act and as policy advisor on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (1992).

From 2000 to 2006, Professor Doelle was a non-governmental member of the Canadian delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. He continues to follow the negotiations as an official observer. From January to May 2008, he was a  visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany. He co-chaired a strategic environmental assessment on tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy from 2007 to 2008,  served on the Lower Churchill Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel from 2009 to 2011, and co-chaired  a provincial panel on aquaculture from 2013 to 2014.

Professor Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision-making. His book projects include “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials” (2013), “Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime” (2012), “The Federal Environmental Assessment Process, a Guide and Critique" (2009), and "From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law" (2005).

Research interests

Professor Doelle’s research interests involve the intersection of environmental law, energy law and climate change.


Professor Doelle's teaching within the law school has involved courses in environmental law, energy law, climate change and contract law. He has also been involved in interdisciplinary teaching outside the law school, most notably at the College of Sustainability, where he co-taught a course on Humanity in the Natural World from 2009 to 2012.

  • Environmental Law (LAWS 2104)
  • Environmental Law II (LAWS 2133)
  • Environmental Law Placement (LAWS 2225)

Areas of supervision: climate change law & policy, environmental impace assessment law & policy, environmental governance

Selected awards & honours

  • 2008: Visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany
  • 2006: Dalhousie University Doctoral Thesis Award
  • 2000-05: NGO representative on the Canadian Delegation for negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Selected publications

Service & activity

  • 2007-13: Founding Chair, & Board Member, East Coast Environmental Law Association
  • 2012- : Member, Board of Directors, Solar Nova Scotia 
  • 2008- : Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law 
  • 2012- : Legal Advisor, Legal Response Initiative (offering legal advice to developing countries at the UN climate negotiations)
  • 2009-11: Panel Member, Joint Federal-Provincial Environmental Assessment Review Panel, Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project
  • 2007-10: Member, Nova Scotia Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity