B.Ed. (McGill) LL.B, LL.M (Calgary)
Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
Office: MFH 4338
Natural resources, energy and environmental law research
Honorary Fellow at the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law
Prior to joining the University of Calgary's Faculty of Law, Sharon was a Professor and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University (2011/2012) and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law and the Deputy Director (Environment and Climate Change) of the Centre for Mining, Energy and Resources Law. While at the University of Western Australia, Sharon also served a term as the Associate Dean. She has also held academic positions in the Faculties of Law at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and the University of Saskatchewan.
In 2012/2013 Sharon will be teaching Property Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Environmental Law and Ethics.
Sharon has published and lectured on a wide variety of legal issues in environmental law, international environmental law, climate law, natural resources law, mining and energy law, oil and gas law, property law and laws affecting Indigenous peoples. Her recent publications include: a co-edited book entitled Property and Sustainability: Selected Essays (Sydney: Thomson Reuters, 2011) and a journal article on the characterization of the property rights associated with Australian water entitlements in the Property Law Review. Her current research is focused on the design of domestic climate change legislation. She is currently co-authoring a chapter on Australia’s newly enacted emissions trading scheme for a book entitled Climate Change and the Law: A Global Perspective (Berlin: Springer, forthcoming 2012).
Sharon will serve as a member of the Faculty's Academic Planning Committee and its Graduate Studies Committee in 2012/2013.
While in Australia, Sharon was a member of the Management Committee of the Environmental Defender’s Office (Western Australia), a not-for-profit community legal clinic dedicated to protecting the environment. She also served as a principal policy officer for the Greenhouse Unit in Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, a legal consultant to the Western Australian Department of Water and a member of the Western Australian Water and Rivers Commission Legislative Compliance Advisory Group.