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Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law

To a significant degree, the terms "international" and "energy" describe the future for Calgary and for Alberta. They also highlight a major focus for the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Law. The Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Research group (NREELR) promotes education, research and publication in the area of natural resources, energy and environmental law, and facilitates collaboration and interaction with related disciplines, institutions, the legal profession and the community.

Professor Nigel Bankes took over the role as Chair of Natural Resources Law in 2008. His role is to teach and conduct research in the areas of natural resources, energy and environmental law within the Faculty of Law, and to interact closely with members of the legal profession engaged in practice in the field.

On the legal side, specific project collaboration can be developed with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), an independent affiliated research, education and international assistance institution. CIRL is located in Murray Fraser Hall on the U of C campus and is being fully integrated in to the Faculty of Law. This will build on existing cooperations between CIRL and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre's (ACLRC) project on human rights in natural resource development and CIRL's Russian oil and gas law and policy work.

Collaboration with related disciplines includes additional work with members of the faculties of Environmental Design, Social Science and the  Haskayne School of Business