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2015/2016 Faculty Presentation News

2016

  • (June 27) Professor Michael Nesbitt presented on the panel "Carding in Calgary: How Police Check-Ups Occur in Calgary and Why?", which was hosted by the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association on June 27, 2016.
  • (June 24) Professor Sharon Mascher was in Oslo this week participating in the IUCNAEL 14th Annual Colloquium. The conference, titled "The Environment in Court – Environment protection in national and international courts, tribunals, and compliance mechanisms," took place at the Center of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals at the University of Oslo. Sharon gave her presentation "Canadian Courts and Climate Change: Rising to the Challenge," which examines the litigation relating to the regulation of greenhouse gases in Canada.
  • (June 23) Professors Al Lucas and Allan Ingelson (left) have published chapters in Handbook of Shale Gas Law and Policy. Allan's chapter is titled "Shale Gas Law & Regulation in North America," and Al's chapter, co-authored with Simone Fraser is titled "Granting of Shale Gas Licences, Land Access & Property Rights in North America."Concentrating solely on shale gas, this book is structured around five themes, namely an overview and introduction to shale gas activities, shale gas economics and energy security, access to shale gas resources, shale gas law and regulation, and the future of shale gas.
  • (June 21) Professor Al Lucas made a presentation on "The Relationship Between Natural Resource Disposition and Land Restitution Law and Policy" at The International Conference on Land Restitution and Territorial Rights in the Context of a Transition Towards Peace, at the National University of Colombia in Bogota on June 16, 2016. The conference is part of a project to assess implementation of Colombia's 2014 land restitution Law and policy, as peace discussions continue in Havana between the government of Colombia and the FARC guerilla group that has carried on a half century insurgency in the country. See www.humanas.unal.edu.co/etierras.
  • (June 14) Professor Jennifer Koshan is giving presentations this week on medically assisted dying and sexual assault on trial. Jennifer presented to the Canadian Bar Association's Wills and Trust subsection on medically assisted dying on June 14. Jennifer's presentation was titled "The History and Future of Physician Assisted Death in Canada." On June 15, Jennifer will participate on a panel at the University of British Columbia titled "Sexual Assault on Trial: Ghomeshi, Survivors, Media and the Law." The event is sponsored by the university's Associate Vice-President of Equity and Inclusion. The panel will ask what we have learned from the public discourse around the Ghomeshi trials and start a conversation about how we can better serve survivors of sexual assault.
  • (June 13) Professor Kathleen Mahoney participated in several events at Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences on June 1. She moderated a presentation by Mark Dockstator, president of First Nations University of Canada, for the "Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future" public forum, aimed to foster an informed public dialogue on reconciliation, and the role of the humanities and social sciences in this process. Kathleen then chaired a panel discussion on Social license and engagement with Aboriginal communities for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Imagining Canada's Future Forum. Kathleen also participated in a forum on energy and natural resources, a collective dialogue on the societal implications of the quest for energy and natural resources.
  • (June 3) Professor Emily Laidlaw gave her presentation "The Whack-a-Mole game of worldwide delisting from Google search results: the significance of Equustek Solutions Inc v Google Inc, 2015 BCCA 265" at the Law and Society Association 2016 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, on June 3, 2016.
  • (June 3) Professor Erin Sheley gave her presentation "Rethinking Injury: the Case of Informed Consent" at the 39th Annual Health Law Professors Conference at the Boston University School of Law on June 3, 2016.
  • (May 19) Professor Jennifer Koshan was in Jasper this week speaking to a conference for the judges of the Provincial Court of Alberta. Jennifer presented on myths and stereotypes in sexual assault trials.
  • (May 17) Associate Professor Michelle Christopher presented to the Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association on the topic of the Alberta Courts' views on child support for post-secondary education expenses for adult children. The presentation was part of the Alberta chapter's annual Six Minute Lawyer Series.
  • (May 16) Professor Kathleen Mahoney was part of the Panel of Experts on Redress, an independent initiative made up of survivor groups, individual survivors, academics, lawyers, human rights organizations, practitioners and national and international experts, which presented at the Parliament Buildings in Northern Ireland. The panel created the report "A Compensation Framework for Historic Abuses in Residential Institutions," which sets out a detailed framework for an out-of-court redress scheme for survivors of institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland.
  • (May 10) Professor Kathleen Mahoney delivered her presentation "Canada's origin story" at a Big Thinking lecture in Ottawa on May 10, presented by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Kathleen's presentation looks at the advantages of resetting Canada's origin story, allowing future generations to better understand the true nature of the country's origins, and improving the context for discussion and action on commitments already made to reconciliation, building nation-to-nation relationships and rights to self-determination.
  • On May 4 & 5, Professor Erin Sheley presented her paper "Substantive and Procedural Silence" at the Toronto-Osgoode Junior Scholars Workshop in Toronto. Erin's paper was one of five selected from submissions by untenured law faculty across Canada. Each paper was commented on by a faculty member at either the University of Toronto or Osgoode Hall. Erin's paper was commented on by Professor Anthony Niblett at the University of Toronto.
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented "A Call to Reset the Narrative: Roadblocks to Reconciliation" at the 2016 UCalgary Alumni Weekend on April 30.
  • (April 26) Al Lucas was a lead presenter on "Will Communities Call the Tune? Sharing Costs and Benefits of Power and Resource Activities" at the Biennial Conference of the International Bar Association's Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL) in New York on April 18, 2016. He also made a presentation on "Participatory Rights and Strategic Litigation: Benefits Forcing and Endowment Protection in Canadian Natural Resource Development" at a Seminar on Benefit Sharing in Natural Resource Development, at Columbia Law School on April 21, 2016.
  • (April 8) Jennifer Koshan presented a paper co-authored with Jonnette Watson Hamlton at the 19th Annual Constitutional Cases conference at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto on April 8. The paper, "Headwinds or Tailwinds? Kahkewistahaw First Nation v. Taypotat", analyzes the Supreme Court of Canada's most recent equality rights decision.
  • (April 7) Professor Martin Olszynski presented to the Environmental Law - South section of the Canadian Bar Association on April 7, 2016, on the topic "Time for Real Changes to the Law? Perspectives on Legislative Amendments Required to Address the Liberals' Concerns with Federal Environmental Laws."
  • (March 15) Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented to officials in Northern Ireland on March 15 on the plan for compensation of child abuse victims in residential institutions in that country.
  • (March 9) Professor Shaun Fluker presented to the Canadian Property Tax Association on Mar. 8, on Standard of Review in Administrative Law. Shaun also commented on the upcoming appeal in Edmonton v Capilano Shopping Centres, to be hear on March 23 by the Supreme Court of Canada. "One issue in the case is the standard of review applied by the Alberta Court of Appeal in this case," said Shaun. He commented on the Alberta Court of Appeal decision subject to this appeal on ABlawg last year.
  • (Feb 23) Professor Martin Olszynski presented at the Environmental and Social Assessment Forum organized by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology on February 23-24. Martin helped open the forum with a discussion on the past, present and future of environmental assessment in Canada and joined several other panellists to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current EA processes, with a view towards improvement.
  • (Feb 17) Professor Sharon Mascher presented at the Determining Access: Theory and Practice in Implementing Indigenous Governance over Lands and Resources conference on February 16, giving the talk Intersections between Environmental Law and Indigenous Governance of Aboriginal Title. Sharon's presentation examined ow Indigenous governance relates to sustainability and inter-generational equity and also the restrictions placed on the uses of Aboriginal title lands by the title doctrine.
  • (Jan 28) Professor Fenner Stewart presented at the Canadian Bar Association's Alberta Law Conference in Calgary on January 28. Fenner gave the presentation "The University of Calgary Faculty of Law and Its Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Recommendations for Legal Education."
  • (Jan 15) Professor Nigel Bankes has been in Iceland over this last week speaking at three different Icelandic universities. He spoke at the University of Iceland on January 13 on the topic of dispute settlement under the Law of the Sea Convention during 2015 focusing on the South China Sea, Chagos and Arctic Sunrise Arbitral Awards. On January 14 Nigel spoke at the University of Reykjavik on the subject of liability and compensation regimes for offshore oil pollution, and on January 15, 18 and 19 Nigel presented a set of lectures on the rights of indigenous peoples in international as part of the polar law program of the University of Akureyri.
  • (Jan 13) Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented to the Rotary Club of Calgary on January 12. Kathleen gave her presentation "The Roadblock to Reconciliation: Canada's Origin Story."

2015

  • (Dec 12) Professor Lyndsay Campbell delivered a keynote address entitled "Constitutionalism and Its Riches" to the annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society on December 11, 2015. Her talk was about diverging legal and constitutional traditions around freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia in the 1820s and 1830s.
  • (Dec 1) Banting post-doctoral fellow Chilenye Nwapi presented the paper "The Significance of Mining Codes in Africa for Company-Community Relations and Social Licence to Operate" at the Law Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2015: "Inside Out", Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, 1-3 December 2015.
  • (Nov 30) On November 26, Professor Shaun Fluker was a panellist on a forum concerning the energy project hearing process hosted by the Environmental Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Calgary. Details on the event can be found here.
  • (Nov 26) Professor Alice Woolley spoke at the University of Ottawa law school's Cavangh LLP Professionalism Speaker Series on November 26. Alice gave the talk "Should Prosecutors 'Do Justice'?" >>read more
  • (Nov 19) Professor Martin Olszynski presented "Recognizing and Protecting Ecosystem Services"  at Imagineering a Compassionate Calgary, Change-Makers for a Healthier Future.
  • (Nov 17) Professor Shaun Fluker presented to the Administrative Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Edmonton today. Shaun presented on the topic "Recent Developments in Stare Decisis in Administrative Decision-Making."
  • (Nov 9) Michelle Christopher, executive director of Student Legal Assistance, and Warren Binford, visiting Fulbright scholar, presented at the annual Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) conference in October. Michelle presented her paper "Friend or Foe: Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Profession," co-authored by Sarah Lugtig, Director of Experiential Learning at Robson Hall, University of Manitoba, as part of the panel discussion Strengthening Legal Education. The paper is part one of a study which will continue into 2016. Warren Binford, a 2015-2016 Fulbright Canada – Norlien Foundation Distinguished Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, also participated in the same panel discussion with her presentation "How to be the world's best law professor."
  • (Nov 6) Professor Sharon Mascher presented at the 2015 Climate and Energy Law Symposium at the University of San Diego School of Law. Sharon participated in the panel The Role of Subnational Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
  • (Nov 3) Professor Martin Olszynski will be in Valdivia, Chile this week, where he will be presenting at conference organized by that country’s 3rd Environmental Court. “Adjudication of Environmental Disputes” is intended as a capacity-building event for Chile’s environmental courts as these deal with complex and technical environmental issues in the course of their work. Professor Olszynski’s presentation is entitled “Ecosystem Services in Judicial and other Adjudicative Context: The Canadian Experience” and is largely based on his previous work with respect to the role for ecosystem services in Canadian environmental law (see here and here).
  • (Nov 2) Professor Kathleen Mahoney was in Turkey last weekend to present at the International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies. Kathleen presented her paper "The Influence of International Law of Reparations For Human Rights Abuses in Canada." As part of the conference, Kathleen also participated in a tour to the parliament, discussions with journalists and religious leaders, exposure to the refugee crisis, and observance of the national election.
  • (Oct 26) Professor Nigel Bankes presented at the Canadian Bar Association's environmental law subsection (Alberta, South) meeting on Monday October 26, 2015. Nigel presented "New Federal Liability and Financial Assurance Rules for Oil and Gas Operations, in the Arctic and East Coast Offshore."
  • (Oct 26) Professor Catherine Brown presented at the Sudbury and District Law Association 2015 Colloquium on October 22. Catherine's presentation focused on updates to Trust Law. The PowerPoint slides can be viewed here.
  • (October 3) Professor Nigel Bankes spoke at the symposium "In Deep: A Conversation About Water," presented by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, at the Banff Centre on October 3. Nigel spoke on the subject of "Stakes of Canadians in the Columbia River."
  • (October 2) Michelle Christopher, executive director of Student Legal Assistance, participated in a panel discussion as part of the 2nd annual Wrongful Conviction Day in Calgary. The event, hosted by The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, is an international day to recognize the tremendous personal, social and legal costs association with wrongful criminal convications.
  • (September 30) Professor Nigel Bankes was in Barbados from September 28-30, 2015, participating as an instructor in a programme entitled "Oil and Gas in the Caribbean: Training and Competency Development." The programme was part of a broader project entitled "Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean," which is funded by the Government of Canada. Nigel spoke on the subject of "Maritime Boundaries and Oil and Gas Resources."
  • (September 29) Professor Catherine Brown presented her paper "Life, Death and Taxes: Strategies for the Final Exit" in St. John's, Newfoundland on September 25, to members of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • (August 13) Dean Ian Holloway presented "Magna Carta...Myth and Reality" at the Canadian Bar Association's 2015 Canadian Legal Conference in Calgary, on August 13, 2015.
  • (July 16) Professor Jennifer Koshan presented her paper, "Marriage and Rape: Proposal for a Feminist Judgment in R v JA," on the legal treatment of marital rape at the conference "Radically Rethinking Marriage" at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain on July 16.
  • (July 7) Banting post-doctoral fellow Chilenye Nwapi will present at the 7th Sustainable Development in the Mineral Industry Conference on July 15. Chilenye will present his paper "Promoting Sustainable Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Africa: The Case of Rwanda."

2014-2015

2015

  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented her paper "Ethical Imperatives for Lawyers and Judges in the era of Climate Change" at the Global Ecological Integrity Group conference in Parma, Italy on June 30, 2015.
  • Professor Emily Laidlaw presented her paper 'The Right to Privacy from Mobs and Vigilantes' at Privacy Discussion Forum at the Sorbonne, Paris, June 29-30, 2015.
  • Professor Nigel Bankes and Giorilyn Bruno (research fellow, Canadian Institute of Resources Law) presented a paper on “The legal and regulatory framework for cogeneration in Alberta” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation in Jasper on June 19. Cairns Price of MEG Energy was a co-author of the paper. The paper will be published in the fall in the Alberta Law Review. The PowerPoint presentation is available here.
  • Professor Maureen Duffy chaired a panel called “The Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities I,” at Jagiellonian University, in Krakow, Poland, on Friday June 19, 2015. She also presented a paper in the panel called “Throw Them Out Or Make Them Stay: Who Is the Terrorist Other?” The conference is called “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Security in the Changing World” and ran from June 18-20, 2015.
  • On June 16, Professor Kathleen Mahoney gave a special presentation to faculty and staff at the Banff Centre. Kathleen's presentation was entitled "The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and Recommendations: The Legacy of the Indian residential school settlement Agreement."
  • On June 12, 2015, Jennifer Koshan presented a talk on the rights of transgender persons under the Vital Statistics Act to the Canadian Bar Association's Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity – South Section Meeting.
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney made two presentations at the annual congress of the Quebec Bar Association. She presented "What can we learn from feminist legal theory" on June 11, 2015, and participated in a panel discussion about the Magna Carta on June 12, giving her talk "The Legacy of the Magna Carta in Canada: Winners and Losers."
  • Professor Catherine Brown presented on the panel "Trust Update" at the 2015 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, hosted by the Canadian Tax Foundation on June 2, 2015, at the TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, AB.
  • Professor Maureen Duffy presented her paper “Should They Stay or Should They Go? Conflicts in Approaches to Suspected Terrorists Arising from Citizenship Stripping/Deportation versus UN Security Council Resolution 2178” on a panel called “UNSCR 2178 (2014): Foreign Fighters, Global Counterterrorism and Human Rights,” at the 2015 Law and Society Association annual meeting, May 28-31. Maureen also presented as part of a Roundtable called “Counter-Terrorism Shifting Focus: From Domestic Militias to Al Qaeda, ISIS …”
  • Professor Emily Laidlaw presented her paper “A New Framework for Freedom of Expression in Copyright Law,” with Daithi Mac Sithingh from Newcastle University, and the 2015 Law and Society Association annual meeting, May 28-31. The paper was part of a panel called “Intellectual Property in Transition” and is funded research by the United Kingdom’s Research Council as part of CREATe, the centre for copyright and new business models in the creative industries.
  • Professor Catherine Brown presented on the panel "Life, Death & Taxes: Planning Strategies for the Final Exit" at the 2015 Tax Law for Lawyers Conference, hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, May 24-29, 2015, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
  • Nigel Bankes presented on "The Social Licence to Operate: mind the gap" to the Canadian Energy Law Forum meeting in Lake Louise, AB on May 14, 2015. A copy of his PowerPoint slides are available here.
  • On April 17, 2015, Banting Post-doctoral Fellow Chilenye Nwapi presented on the topic ""Defining the 'Local' in Local Content Requirements in the Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors" at the 2015 Law and Development Conference, organized by the Law and Development Institute and the Payson Centre for International Development, Tulane Law School.
  • On April 13, 2015, Professor Jennifer Koshan presented to the Canadian chapter of the International Association of Women Judges on April 13 in St. John's, Newfoundland. She presented an overview of the last 30 years of equality rights jurisprudence, as well as her work with the Equality Effect.
  • On April 13, 2015, Professor Martin Olszynski presented to the Environmental Law section, of the Alberta branch's South Section meeting of the Canadian Bar Association. Martin presented on "Tort Liability of Public Authorities: 'Chaotic and Uncertain, with No End in Sight.'"
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented at the University of Ulster's Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) on March 30, 2015. Kathleen gave her presentation "“Personal experiences as chief negotiator of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement" at the IRiSS' Seminar Series "Redressing Historical Institutional Abuse: International Lessons."
  • Professor Jassmine Girgis presented at the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) International Academics' Group 17th Colloquium, which took place in San Francisco March 21-22. Jassmine presented in the session "The treatment of intangible property – including IP rights – in insolvency" on the topic of "The importance of valuing intangible assets in corporate reorganisations."
  • On March 11, 2015, Professor Alastair Lucas presented "Canadian Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation" to the Regulation of Shale Gas Operations Seminar, Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law, University of Western Australia, Faculty of Law.
  • Professor Alastair Lucas was a guest lecturer for the Environmental Law Course, University of Western Australia, Faculty of Law on March 5, 2015. He presented the topic "Canadian Greenhouse Gas Regulation."
  • On February 7, Professor Emily Laidlaw presented her paper  "Unravelling Intermediary Liability" at the 5th Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress event at Santa Clara Law, Santa Clara University in San Jose, California.
  • On February 27, Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented at the 2nd annual International Humanitarian Law conference at the University of Calgary. The theme of the conference was "Relevance of Law in Times of War." Kathleen presented her paper Relevance of Human Rights to Humanitarian Law in Modern Warfare and participated in the debate.
  • On February 18 Professor Sharon Mascher presented at the Indigenous Australians and the Constitution Colloquium. Sharon co-presented the paper "Rights-based ‘Recognition’: The Canadian Experience” with Professor Simon Young (University of Southern Queensland and University of Western Australia).
  • "Hydraulic Fracturing: A Primer and Overview of Western Canadian Regimes," presented at Igniting a Spark, the 3rd Conference of the Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies (CAELS) (Calgary, AB, 2015).
  • On January 26, Professor Jennifer Koshan presented to the CBA British Columbia International Law Subsection, and the CBA Alberta International Business Law Subsection, on the Equality Effect's 160 Girls litigation in Kenya.
  • Arlene Kwasniak, Professor Emerita of Law and Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, made a presentation to the Alberta Federation of Agriculture 2015 Annual General Meeting, H2Oh! For Agriculture for Life, on January 20th, in Red Deer. Arlene's presentation was titled "Water and the Land: Law, Policy, and Agriculture."

2014

  • On December 4, Professor Nigel Bankes gave the presentation "The implications of the Tsilhqot'in (William) and Grassy Narrows (Keewatin) Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada for the Natural Resources Industries" at the 2015 Outlook Conference of the Economics Society of Northern Alberta, in Edmonton.
  • On December 4, Professor Emerita and CIRL Senior Research Fellow Arlene Kwasniak, gave a talk in Edmonton, Alberta, at the Lorman Education Services conference on Easements, Covenants and Similar Rights in Alberta. Arlene's talk was titled "Conservation Easements and their Use for Environmental, Natural, Scenic, and Agricultural Conservation."
  • On November 27, Professor Nigel Bankes spoke at the Annual Meeting of the Indian Resource Council, Tsuu T’ina First Nation. The IRC was founded in 1987 by Chiefs representing the oil and gas producing First Nations. Nigel spoke on the “Implications of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decisions in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia and Grassy Narrows First Nations v. Ontario for the resources sector.” A copy of his presentation is available here.
  • On November 19, Professor Cathy Brown presented to the Calgary Young Practitioners Group of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Cathy gave her presentation "Primer on Tax Treaties and Current Tax Treaty Issues" is for individuals who have worked in the taxation field for ten years or less.
  • On November 17, Professor Bryce Tingle participated in a panel discussion with Jack Mintz, director of the School of Public Policy, on the regulation of the exempt market. "The Stock Market We Can't See: The Exempt Market and Its Regulation" examined the largely unknown exempt market, which regulators are promising to set up regulations on.
  • Professor Alice Woolley gave a Distinguished Visitor Lecture at Robson Hall Faculty of Law, at the University of Manitoba on November 6. Alice presented her lecture "The Lawyer as Advisor and the Practice of the Rule of Law."
  • Professor Nigel Bankes attended and spoke at the Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland October 30 – November 2. Nigel gave a presentation on ‘The treatment of transboundary hydrocarbon deposits in the maritime delimitation agreements of Arctic states.’ A copy of the PowerPoint is available here.
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented her paper "The Evolution of Human Rights in Canada: Political/Legal Lessons from the OAS"  at the International Conference on Indo-US Relations and South Asia, Rajiv Ghandi National University of Law, Punjab, October 29-30, 2014.
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney  presented  her paper "Goals for Judicial Education: Why Equality and Gender Still Matter" at the 2014 symposium Judicial Education and the Art of Judging in Columbia, Missouri, on October 10.
  • On October 2, professor Nigel Bankes chaired and coordinated a panel presentation on the social and regulatory issues association with carbon capture and storage, as part of a one-day symposium on Subsurface Carbon Storage at the University of Calgary.
  • Professors Jonnette Watson Hamilton and Jennifer Koshan presented at the Constitutional Law symposium on October 3 in Edmonton, AB. The event was hosted by the Legal Education Society of Alberta. Jonnette and Jennifer presented on the Supreme Court's approach to adverse effect discrimination under Sections 7 and 15 of The Charter.
  • From September 25-26, Nigel served as the chair of the organizing committee of a conference on the legal issues associated with the development and use of Arctic energy resources in Tromsø, Norway. Nigel chaired a number of the sessions at the conference and also presented a paper on framework agreements for developing transboundary hydrocarbon deposits, examining in particular the agreement between Russia and Norway in the Barents Sea. You can see Nigel's PowerPoint presentation here. Details of the conference are available here.
  • On September 24, 2014, Professor Shaun Fluker presented at the Calgary Sunshine Summit, hosted by the Privacy & Access Council of Canada. Shaun presented on the topic of access in environmental issues.
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented at the Under Western Skies conference on September 12, 2014. Kathleen was part of the symposium "Interface Between Public and Environmental Health Regimes: In Whose Best Interests?"
  • On July 18, 2014, Professor Al Lucas presented (with Professor Donald Zillman, University of Maine), “Breaking (Not So ) Bad: the Dynamic World Energy Picture in  2014”, at the 60th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s 60th Annual Institute held in Vail Colorado.  The paper will be published in (2013) 60 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute Proceedings.
  • Professor Sharon Mascher presented the paper "The Place for Renewables in an Oil Sands Rich Province: Alberta's Energy Policy" at the 2014 Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility's summer academy "Energy Transition 2.0: Further Deployment and Market Integration of Renewable Energy," June 20-25, 2014, Berlin.
  • Professor Jennifer Koshan presented the paper "Adverse Impact: Canadian Courts' Approaches to Adverse Effects Discrimination Under Section 15 of the Charter" at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) workshop on Transnational Perspectives of Equality Law (Washington, DC, June 22-24, 2014). The paper was co-authored with Jonnette Watson Hamilton.
  • Professor Liz Whitsitt presented her paper "Finding Refuge in the Exceptional: Using Public Morals as a Basis for Managing Natural Resources in the Arctic" which focuses on the interface between international trade law and the management of natural resources such as fisheries, at the 2014 annual conference for the Center for Oceans Law and Policy. The conference took place in Bergen, Norway from June 26-27, 2014.
  • Professor Maureen Duffy presented her paper "Administrative Detention as a Means of Side-Stepping Constitutional Fair-Trial Protections” at the conference of the International Society of Public Law, in Florence, Italy, from June 26-28. The conference theme was “Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space,” and was jointly organized by the European University Institute, the NYU School of Law and the University of Florence.
  • Professor Kathleen Mahoney participated in the conference "Global Integrity at the Tipping Point: Imminent and Ongoing Threats to the Ecological, Social and Cultural Evolution of the Planet" from June 21-26, 2014 in Rhodes, Greece. Kathleen presented the paper "Torts, Mass Harms and Human Rights in the Indigenous Context" and chaired the session "Towards Ecological Governance." The conference took place at the Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sean and Maritime Law at the European Center for Environmental Research and Training at Panteion University.
  • Professor Catherine Brown presented at the 2014 STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) National Conference in Toronto on June 16, 2014. Catherine presented on the topic of Post Mortem Planning for Privately Held Corporations, along with William Fowlis (Miller Thomson LLP), Shelagh Rinald (Rinald Tax Advisory Inc.) and Roy Berg (Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP). The panel was moderated by Chris Ireland (PPI Advisory).

2013-2014

  • Professors Nigel Bankes and Alastair Lucas will present at the conference "The Scope of Energy Reform: Mexico and International Models of Energy Regulation" in Mexico City from June 5-6, 2014. Alastair will present on the "Legal Regime of Unconventional Oil Exploitation in Canada" and Nigel will present on "Framework Agreements for Transboundary Hydrocarbon Resources and US/Mexico Agreement."
  • (April 28) Professors Jonnette Watson Hamilton and Nigel Bankes will be presenting papers at the Association for Law, Property and Society (ALPS) 2014 Annual Meeting, taking place in Vancouver from May 1-3. Sharon, Jonnette and Nigel are presenting the paper “The Nature of Indefeasibility in Canadian Land Titles Systems” as part of a panel about “Aboriginal Title, Land Titles, and Treaties” on May 2. Arlene Kwasniak, professor emerita, is presenting on “Alberta’s Ten Year Experience with Watershed Planning and Water Markets” in a panel on “Properties of Water and Fish” on May 3.
  • On April 24, Professor Emerita of Law Arlene Kwasniak spoke at the annual meeting of the Alberta Land Surveyor's Association (ALSA) in Banff. Arlene's presentation was titled "Accretion, the Torrens System, and Law Reform."
  • On April 10, Professor Jennifer Koshan presented to the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) Elder Law subsection on "Condominiums, Seniors & Human Rights." Her presentation built on her ABlawg post on the decision in Condominium Plan No 9910225 v Davis, 2013 ABQB 49, available here.
  • On April 10, Professor Shaun Fluker gave a public presentation at the University of Waikato Faculty of Law on public participation in resource project decision-making. The presentation was hosted by the Canadian-New Zealand Studies Unit and the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law.
  • On April 8, Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented to the ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA). Kathleen spoke on the topic of alternative dispute resolution strategies used in the Indian Residential School Settlement Negotiations.
  • On April 3, Professor Catherine Brown presented a paper to the British Columbia branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). The paper, "Estate Planning Issues for Clients with Controlling Interests in Private Corporations," was co-presented with Yogesh Bhathella, tax senior manager at KPMG LLP.
  • On April 3, Professor Nigel Bankes gave a public presentation at the University of Houston Law Center on "Carbon capture and storage in Alberta: legal and regulatory issues."
  • On March 26, Professor Catherine Brown presented a paper to the Calgary Young Practitioners Group of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Cathy presented her paper "Planning for the Inevitable: Taxation on Death and Post Mortem Planning."
  • On March 21, retired professor Arlene Kwasniak was be a panellist on the 2014 World Water Day Discussion Panel  "Water and Energy in Alberta" event hosted by Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) and Alberta Student and Young Professional (YSP).
  • Professor Catherine Brown presented a paper at the Calgary branch of the Society for Tax and Estate Planners (STEP) on March 18, 2014. The paper, titled "Estate Plans: How to Fix if Not Properly Implemented," was co-presented with Patrick Linday, partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
  • On March 14, Professor Allan Ingelson was a panellist at the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Conference on the role of energy planning in federal land management, held at George Washington University in Washington DC.
  • Professor Alice Woolley gave the University of British Columbia's J. Donald Mawhinney Lectureship in Professional Ethics on March 6. The Lectureship was established in honour of J. Donald Mawhinney, QC, to recognize his outstanding contributions to British Columbia’s legal community, his commitment to legal education and his dedication to practicing with the very highest standard of professional ethics. Alice spoke on the role of the lawyer as advisor.
  • Professor Nigel Bankes was the co-convener of Energy from the Sea: An International Law Perspective on Ocean Energy, which was held in Utrecht, Netherlands, from February 19-20, 2014. The workshop was sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS)/Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (Utrecht University), the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (University of Tromsø) and the Marie Curie Program. In addition to helping to organize the workshop Nigel presented the paper “Framework Agreements for the Recognition and Development of Transboundary Hydrocarbon Resources in Marine Areas.”

2013

  • On December 6, Professor Kathleen Mahoney was the keynote speaker at the University of Calgary's event to commemorate the victims of the L’Ecole Polytechnique massacre in 1989. The event, titled "Yes Means Yes," was sponsored by the Women's Resource Centre. Kathleen's topic, titled "Thirty years of legal activism: what has been achieved?" looked at the topic of violence against women. Read more from 660 News.
  • Professor Shaun Fluker spoke at the Canadian Bar Association's Natural Resources Law section meeting on December 5. Shaun presented his research on the right to public participation in resources project decision-making in Alberta. One of Shaun's main areas of research focuses on access to the legal system for persons who advocate for environmental protection.
  • (Nov 21) Professor Alastair Lucas presented at the Grand Energy Challenge Workshop "Hydraulic Fracturing" workshop. Alastair spoke on "The New Public Participation on Hydraulic Fracturing: Social Licence and Media." Professor Allan Ingelson also made a presentation at the event - "Public Disclosure on Fracking Fluid Contents - Striking a Balance." Natural Resources Chair Nigel Bankes moderated a breakout session on "The Impact of Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation on Regulations and the Economy." 
  • On November 20, 2013, Professor Shaun Fluker gave a presentation to the National Agency for Mineral Resources (NAMR) Study Tour from Romania. Shaun gave an overview on the legislative framework governing the development of Alberta's oil and gas resources to the delegation of officials from Romania. The event was hosted by the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.
  • (Nov 12) Professor Nigel Bankes was in northern Europe participating in a number of academic meetings and confernces from November 9 to 15, 2013. On November 9 and 10, he attended meetings of the expert group preparing the second edition of the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR). Nigel, along with Timo Koivurova of the University of Lapland, are the lead authors of the legal systems chapter of AHDR II. The meetings were held at Klittgarden (the former summer residence of the Danish royal family) in Skagen, DK. On November 12 Nigel spoke at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway on the Columbia River Treaty, specifically on US/Canada hydroelectric power and flood control. More information can be found here. Between November 17and 19, Nigel attended and spoke at the conference at the University of Tromsø, Norway, on Extractive Industries in the North. The theme of the conference is "What about environmental law and Indigenous Peoples Rights? Nigel holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Tromsø and while in Tromsø will be co-teaching a one-day writing seminar (November 15) for PhD students.
  • (Oct 18) Post-doctoral fellow Veronica de la Rosa Jaimes attended the Third National Congress on Climate Change Research at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City from October 14 to 18. She spoke on the panel "Law and Climate Change" on the topic of climate change litigation in the inter-American human rights system.  The annual event allows attendees to share the most recent developments in research related to climate change within different disciplines, such as geophysics, sea sciences, engineering, statistics, economy and law. "Being invited to participate as a speaker in two panels was a fabulous opportunity to not only present my research as a post-doctoral fellow in a very prestigious forums, but to also learn new approaches and exchange experiences," says Veronica.
  • (Oct 16) Professor Shaun Fluker and clinical instructor and executive director of Student Legal Assistance Michelle Christopher  are participating in this week's Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) conference at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Michelle is taking part in a panel discussion titled The Clinic in the Community. Her topic is entitled "Facilitating access to justice in the face of disaster: Lessons from the law clinic." Shaun is participating in a workshop session to explore how law school clinics advocate on broader social issues while representing individual clients. The conference runs October 16 - 19, 2013.
  • (Oct 14) On October 15, 2013, Professor Kathleen Mahoney will be participating in a panel presentation to discuss "ADR in Pluralistic Societies: International and Local Experiences." The event is hosted by the Aga Khan Ismaili Council and the Ismaili National Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Canada. Kathleen's work on the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and with Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission will provide a unique contribution to the discussion. The event will capitalize on Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, who is visiting Canada in October.
  • (Oct 8) Dean Ian Holloway and Professor Alice Woolley attended a recent conference at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law on "The Future of Law School." The conference explored the need for legal education reform as a result of the changing legal profession. Dean Holloway spoke on a panel to discuss to discuss the topic "The Future of Legal Education: Three Visions and a Prediction," while Professor Woolley spoke on the topic of "Law School, Curriculum Reform and the Definition of the Good Lawyer." Canadian Lawyer writer Heather Gardiner wrote an article on the event for the 4Students publication, which can be found here.
  • (Oct 8) Professor Allan Ingelson made a presentation on the regulation of fracking and water protection at the symposium on "Unconventional Resources in Alberta," co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy, the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Government of Canada. Attendees included a delegation from Mexico's National Oil Company (PEMEX) and energy industry regulators from Mexico.
  • (Sept 28) Professor James Coleman made a presentation titled "Environmental Matching Commitments" at the annual conference of the Canadian Law and Economics Association, held at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
  • Professor Arlene Kwasniak made a presentation and was a panellist in a session titled “Navigating the Trade-Offs and Options” at the Workshop on Comparative Research in the Colorado and Murray Darling Basins at the Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy, in Canberra, Australian, on September 23, 2013. Arlene is conducting research over the next few weeks in the Murray Darling Basin in Australia pursuant to her SSHRC grant project on comparative water law and policy. The project examines water management approaches to address water scarcity in the Colorado River Basin and Murray Darling Basin, seeking new water management approaches for the South Saskatchewan River Basin.
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt and Nigel Bankes attended the annual conference of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation in June 2013. They presented a paper on June 20 entitled “The Evolution of International Investment Law: some applications in the energy sector.” The paper will be published in the Alberta Law Review.
  • Arlene Kwasniak presented at the 2013 National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit in June. Her presentation, "From Governments to Governance in Water Management - Roles for Law and Lawyers" was presented at the session Water Law - Issues and Challenges.
  • Kathleen Mahoney attended the International Summer Research Institute at the University College Dublin on Diversity and Democracy in June 2013. She was a facilitator and participant in the roundtable on "Managing Diversity in Western International Democracies."
  • Catherine Brown presented a paper "Handling Unusual/Difficult Problems Relating to Trusts" at the Estates and Trusts conference (Osgoode Hall Professional Program) in Toronto. She joined two Toronto practitioners in analzying a series of  tax issues.
  • Catherine Brown presented the paper "Life, Death and Taxes: Planning Strategies for the Final Exit" at the Canadian Bar Association's Tax Law for Lawyers conference on May 31, 2013.
  • On May 16, Allan Ingelson, professor and executive director of the Canadian Institute for Resources Law, presented a paper titled "Significant Changes to the Canadian EA process" at the Health Impact Assessment section of the 33rd annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment. The paper was co-authored with professors Alistair Lucas and Nickie Vlavianos. The conference theme ("The Next Generation") embraced the impact of current global change now and in the coming decades and how impact assessment will evolve.
  • Professor Nickie Vlavianos spoke at the 2013 Energy Regulatory Forum on May 16 on regulatory restructuring and  Bill 2: Responsible Energy Development Act.  This event provided an opportunity for justices, administrative tribunals, academics and members of the private bar to discuss the practice of energy regulatory law in Alberta.
  • Professors Nigel Bankes and Alastair Lucas were in New Zealand in the first part of May for the meeting of the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) of the Section on Energy, Environment, Resources, and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL) of the International Bar Association. The AAG meets every two years to discuss draft chapters of a book project. The theme of the project was “energy underground.” Nigel presented a paper on managing disputes between the owners or operators of different underground resources (e.g. gas-over-bitumen, potential disputes between gas storage operators and adjacent petroleum producers) and Alastair presented a paper on the regulation of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing. Alastair's paper was co-authored with two colleagues from the Energy Resources Conservation Board.
  • Executive Director Allan Ingelson and Owen Saunders, of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, presented at the School of Public Policy's conference on international financial transparency with reference to business in Congo on April 17 and 18. The event looked at issues around financial transparency in international dealings and included presentations from Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, Former Secretary General of OPEC and Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum, The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada, and Dr. Paul Collier, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University.