The Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability is the University of Ottawa's forum for research, teaching, discussion and advocacy related to environmental law.

The Centre aims to: 

  • Promote policy-relevant environmental law research and teaching.
  • Encourage collaboration amongst faculty and students on research, teaching and community outreach relating to environmental law.
  • Recruit, assist and train the best environmental law researchers and students. 

The Centre is home to one of the largest concentrations of environmental law professors of any law school in Canada, with areas of expertise including water law, toxic torts, environmental justice, sustainable food law, international trade, economic instruments biotechnology and aboriginal law. 

The Centre works in collaboration with its institutional partners and student organizations:

Why Study Environmental Law?

Since the field of environmental law is one of the fastest-growing, and most diverse areas of study in legal practice, there are many reasons to include courses in environmental law in your legal education.  Environmental issues are increasingly prominent in society and are relevant to many areas of legal practice, such as corporate and administrative law, international law, municipal and planning law, and real estate transactions. Whether you hope to devote a career to environmental law or simply wish to be abreast of an important emerging area, environmental law courses are essential.

Why Study Environmental Law in Ottawa 

The University of Ottawa’s Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability brings together:

  • Top-tier environmental law professors teaching in English and in French, in both Common Law and Civil Law.
  • A wide variety of core and complimentary courses in environmental law.
  • Domestic and international expertise in environmental litigation, policy, consulting and research.
  • Environmental law related internship opportunities both on and off campus. 
  • Access to federal environmental institutions and high profile guests due to its proximity to Canada’s political and administrative centre.

What can I do with an Education in Environmental Law? 

Careers in environmental law take a variety of forms. Opportunities exist in private practice, with public interest groups and with government legal offices at the federal, provincial, municipal and international levels. Moreover, as environmental issues continue to become increasingly important in policy and planning, the need for environmental lawyers is likely to increase over time.

For examples of the types of careers uOttawa environmental law graduates go onto pursue, click here and go check out our alumni profiles.

Law School at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section - your path to a career in Environmental Law starts here!