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14th Annual Douglas M Johnston Lecture


DATE: Thursday, March 9, 2023
TIME: 7:00-8:30 PM
PLACE: Virtual (via Zoom)
REGISTER: to request the Zoom link

TALK TITLE: A Human Rights-based Approach to the New Treaty on Plastic Pollution

SPEAKER: Marcos A Orellana

Marcos A Orellana is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights. He currently directs the Global Toxics and Human Rights Project at the American University Washington College of Law. Professor Orellana has lectured in various law schools, includ-ing Melbourne, George Washington, Pretoria, Geneva, and Guadalajara. His practice as legal advisor has encompassed work with United Nations agencies, governments, and non-governmental organizations. He has intervened in cases before several international courts and tribunals. Professor Orellana has extensive experience working with civil society and indigenous peoples around the world on issues concerning global environmental justice. He also represented the eight-nation Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean in the negotiations of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.


Marine & Environmental Law Institute
College of Sustainability
MacEachen Institute
Marine Affairs Program

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Elizabeth May Talk

In-Person Event

DATE: Tuesday January 24, 2023
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Schulich school of Law, 6061 Uniersity Avenue, Halifax, NS

TALK TITLE: How can we ensure governments keep their promises on climate and biodiversity?

SPEAKER: Elizabeth May, a Canadian politician, environmentalist, author, activist, and lawyer who is serving as the leader of the Green Party of Canada

Dalhousie Law alum Elizabeth May, MP and leader of the Green Party, will review the elements of why the Montreal Protocol worked in protecting the ozone layer, while the climate and biodiversity commitments have not yet made a difference. A wide-ranging Q and A session will follow.

Elizabeth will be open to any questions on topics of interest from right to a healthy environment, her bill on environmental justice, to impact assessment law, and the amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act currently before Parliament.

Marine & Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Law Students' Society

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Stephanie Hurley  –  News, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
The unique partnership, co-led and co-developed by MUN and ICC Canada, will help advance the governance of Arctic shipping in Canada.
Lauri MacDougall  –  News, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
A two-day hybrid workshop was held November 3-4, 2022 at the Duke Conference Facility in Washington, DC to advance the theory and practice of dynamic ocean management.
Xinyue Zhang  –  News, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
The purpose of the workshop was to consider current and emerging practices of area-based management to mitigate the risks and impacts of shipping in Canada, and to learn from theory, research, and the experiences of practitioners, especially those of Indigenous rights-holders.
Tammi Hayne  –  News, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
On May 10, 2022, academics, advocates, researchers, and stakeholders came together to exchange on the themes of nonhuman animal well-being, environment and climate, and Indigenous interests with respect to both land and water-based intensive animal farming.
Joel Guerin  –  News, Research, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
Professor Jodi Lazare teamed up with Petroglyph Comics to turn her research on Canadian ag-gag legislation into a comic, accessible to all.
Madeline Lean  –  News, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
Tahnee Prior shares what drew her to Schulich Law and discusses her desire to deepen her research on gender and ocean governance in the Arctic.
Trudi Smith  –  News, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Research, Students
PhD student Adebayo Majekolagbe and postdoctoral fellow Sara Ross were among the recipients of Canada's top awards for graduate student research.
Trudi Smith, with files from Olga Koubrak  –  News, Research, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
On December 6-7, 2019, the Canadian-Japanese Scholarly Exchange on the Law of the Sea brought together experts from both countries for the first time to exchange views on international ocean governance.
Ernest Ng  –  News, Research, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
This week's Dal-hosted Arctic Research Symposium brought together experts from different fields, including Professor Aldo Chircop from the Marine and Environmental Law Institute, to share their thoughts on the Arctic and to discuss major issues surrounding the region.
Jane Doucet  –  News, Research, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
While at the Schulich School of Law, Ocean Frontier Institute International Postdoctoral Research Fellow Desai Shan is conducting research on occupational health and safety regulation and management on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
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