Nathalie Chalifour


Nathalie Chalifour
Full Professor, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3331
Work E-mail: [email protected]

Nathalie Chalifour


Nathalie Chalifour is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the intersection between environmental law, the economy, and social justice. Her most recent articles focus on the constitutionality of carbon pricing policies, climate litigation, equality rights and the environment and sustainable food policy. She is the co-editor of three international books, including “Energy, Governance and Sustainability” and a collection on Environmental Taxation. She was a contributing editor of a looseleaf text on Brownfields in Canada for a decade. She is currently co-leading a five year SSHRC-funded project on Environmental Justice in Canadian Law and Policy. Prior to joining the Law Faculty, Nathalie was senior advisor to the President of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and policy advisor for World Wildlife Fund and IUCN. She also taught at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She holds a Doctorate in law from Stanford University (2005) and a Master in Juridical Sciences (1999) which she obtained as a Stanford Program in International Legal Studies Fellow and Fulbright scholar.


Environmental law and policy; Climate policy; Equity of climate policies; Sustainable food and agriculture law and policy; Environmental justice.

Type of Student Support She Seeks

She hires research assistants on occasion to conduct research related to her ongoing research projects.

Research Question Examples a Student She Supervises Could Work On

  1. Climate justice – eg. measuring the impacts of provincial climate policies on different segments of society; distributional impacts of climate policies; labour opportunities in clean energy.
  2. Food justice – eg. assessing the price differential of foods based on factors such as location (produced and consumed), certification labels (eg. organic), and amount of processing.

Selected Publications

  1. Jordi Manzano, Nathalie Chalifour & Louis Kotze, eds, Energy, Governance and Sustainability (United Kingdom: Edward Elgar, The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Series, 2016).
  2. Nathalie J. Chalifour, Hope Ashiabor, Kurt Deketelaere, Larry Kreiser, Janet Milne, eds., Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation – Volume V (Oxford University Press, 2008). 
  3. Nathalie J. Chalifour, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Lin Heng Lye, John Nolon, eds., Global Land Use Law for Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
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