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March 7, 2017
In Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities are disproportionately threatened by polluting industries and other environmental harms. How do communities organize to resist environmental racism, and how can law and policy help to secure communities’ access to justice? On March 7, the Marine & Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Law Students’ Society at the Schulich School of Law hosted a panel discussion featuring Jim Maloney (District Chief for Sipekne'katik), Stuart C.B. Gilby (LL.B., LL.M. – Burchells LLP), Ingrid Waldron (Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University), and Lisa Mitchell (LL.B. – Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law Association).

See the poster for the event here.

Previous MELAW News & Events

January 9, 2017  

Edward Elgar Publishing has released the first edition of Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives as part of its New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series. Professor David VanderZwaag, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance and Associate Director of the Schulich School of Law’s Marine & Environmental Law Institute, co-edited the almost 500-page book with Nigel Bankes of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Irene Dahl of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea in Norway. Read the full story here.

 
November 17, 2016
 

The topic of the 8th annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture was "Progressive Global Environmental Constitutionalism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." The lecture was co-sponsored with the College of Sustainability.  



Elizabeth Mrema is the Director of the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions. She has worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme for over two decades focusing primarily on the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws. A lawyer and career diplomat by training, Mrema has also worked as the principal legal officer and Deputy Director in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation of UNEP in Nairobi. Before that, she was the Executive Secretary of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals in Bonn, Germany. She also formerly served as Senior Legal Counsel with the Tanzania Ministry for Foreign Affairs. You can download her lecture here.

Elizabeth Mrema with MELAW Professors David VanderZwaag (left) and Meinhard Doelle.

 
October 27, 2016  

Tore Henriksen, Professor of Law
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

On October 27, 2016, Prof. Henriksen gave a presentation on “The Arctic Ocean, Environmental Stewardship, and the Law of the Sea” at the Schulich School of Law. His presentation can be viewed here. [PDF 864 KB]

Henriksen was the first director of the LLM program on law of the sea, established at UiT in 2008. Since earning his PhD in international fisheries law in 2001, he has published on international marine environmental law and international maritime law. In recent years, he has been particularly interested in the law of the sea as applied to the Arctic. Henriksen is also the director of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS). The research centre was established in 2013 based on funding from a private foundation, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and other external funding. JCLOS currently employs 27 associates who cover a wide spectrum of issues relating to the law of the sea.

 
February 9, 2016  

Our warmest congratulations to our colleague, Professor Aldo Chircop, who was named the Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy in recognition of his globally recognized leadership in this field of research.  

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, along with the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, made the announcement at Dalhousie’s Heavy Structures Lab at an event celebrating the appointment of six new innovative and talented Dalhousie researchers as Canada Research Chairs.

The Marine & Environmental Law Institute is home to both Professor Aldo Chircop, Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy, and Professor David VanderZwaag, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance.

Congratulations, Aldo!

Read the news story here.

 
Southeast Cuba (COSTASURESTE, 2010-2015)  

Professor Aldo Chircop worked on the project Local Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Southeast Cuba (COSTASURESTE, 2010-2015), it was a project funded through the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program (UPCD)’s Scaling Up Competition launched in 2008.

Two documentaries were products of the project Local Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Southeast Cuba (COSTASURESTE, 2010-2015) funded by the Government of Canada. Led by Dalhousie University, the Universidad de Oriente and Universidad de Guantanamo, the project built capacity to implement local integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and pursue the interrelated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of development and poverty eradication, environment protection, good governance and protection of vulnerable people in the coastal zone of Southeast Cuba from climate change impacts. The key beneficiaries were the Municipalities of Guamá and San Antonio del Sur, considered to be among the poorest municipalities in Southeast Cuba and their communities are vulnerable to climate change-related threats such as drought, coastal erosion, and salinization of soil and water resources.

Documentary 1: “Guamá entre el mar y la montaña”

Documentary 2: “San Antonio del Sur la tierra que renace”

 

 

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  • KUDOS! Aldo Chircop named Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy
    The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, along with the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, made the announcement today at Dalhousie’s Heavy Structures Lab at an event celebrating the appointment of six new innovative and talented Dalhousie researchers as Canada Research Chairs.