B.A., M.A. (Cantab.), LL.M., (Br.Col.).
Office: 4367 Murray Fraser Hall
University of Calgary
Nigel Bankes has been with the Faculty of Law since 1984 and is the current holder of the Chair of Natural Resources Law. He teaches or has taught courses in property law, aboriginal law, natural resources law, energy law, oil and gas law and international environmental law. He was seconded to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa as Professor in Residence in the legal bureau in the 1999/2000 academic year.
His current work focuses on carbon capture and storage, indigenous property rights in settler states in the circumpolar arctic, and legal instruments for instream flow protection in Alberta. The latter work is part of an interdisciplinary collaborative project funded by Alberta Ingenuity.
His earlier work in water law includes work on the Columbia River Treaty, aboriginal water rights, and the transfer of water rights under Alberta's Water Act. He is a member of the Water Initiatives Advisory Committee of the Columbia Basin Trust. He is the editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.
Professor Bankes is a former chair of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a Canadian non-governmental organization, and he has acted as an adviser to various Inuit organizations on land claim issues and constitutional reform. He was the lead author of the "Legal Systems" chapter of the Arctic Council's Arctic Human Development Report (2004). His most recent publication is an edited volume with co-editors Timo Koivurova and Carina Keskitalo, entitled Climate Governance in the Arctic (Springer, 2009).
Professor Bankes will be on a research and scholarship leave January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.