Meinhard Doelle Legacy Lecture

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Dr. Meinhard Doelle, beloved colleague, friend, and environmental law scholar, May 25, 1964 to September 17, 2022.

The is the first annual Meinhard Doelle Legacy Lecture in honour of our former colleague.

Professor Doelle’s contributions to Canadian and international environmental law and policy, and to education of the next generation, were extensive. His research spanned a wide range of topics, including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental assessment, decarbonization of shipping, and public participation in environmental decision-making. His many books included “The Next Generation of Impact Assessment: A Critical Appraisal of the Canadian Impact Assessment Act”, “Research Handbook on Climate Change Law and Loss & Damage”, “Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime”, “The Federal Environmental Assessment Process, a Guide and Critique", and "From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law”. His co-authored casebook “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials” in multiple updated editions provided a foundation to students across the country.

Professor Doelle taught many courses at the Schulich School of Law over the years, including environmental law, energy law, climate law, and contract law. He served as the Associate Dean (Research) from 2012 to 2017, and the Associate Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute from 2004 to 2012 and the Director from 2013 to 2016. He served as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies from 2021. He was also 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.

This lecture series intends to inspire the next generation of Dalhousie students, whether in law or sustainability, to learn more about the possibilities of environmental law for contributing solutions to local, national and global sustainability challenges facing people and planet.

Hybrid Event

date: Thursday, November 23, 2023
time: 7:15-8:45 pm
place: Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue


2023 Panel Discussion

  • Sara L Seck, Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law, Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute
  • William Lahey, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of King's College
  • Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director and Senior Lawyer, East Coast Environmental Law

Co-sponsored by:
Marine & Environmental Law Institute
College of Sustainability

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