Water Law and Governance

Water Law and Governance, under the Smart Changes for a Better World heading and funded by the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, is a joint project of the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the Centre on Governance.

This multidisciplinary project will foster dialogue between scholars, government, special interest groups and the general public on pressing public policy issues related to water. The goal is to use water as a lens to identify problems created by climate change and the ramifications, and to make multi-level recommendations- national and international, provincial and municipal.

Existing policies on the management, preservation and regulation of water in Canada will be examined. Critical change-induced problems will be identified, and recommendations made to policymakers.

The initiative aims to foster dialogue and contribute to protecting our water resources as well as build inclusive and durable democracies.

Collaborating Institutes:

Public Law Centre (Vanessa MacDonnell)

Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (Marie-France Fortin, Ph.D.)

Centre on Governance (Eric Champagne, Ph.D.)

Institute of the Environment (Heather McLeod-Kilmurray)

Academics affiliated with the project:

David Robitaille (federalism, rights and freedoms)

Aimée Craft (aboriginal and water law)

Sophie Thériault (environmental and aboriginal law)

Jamie Benidickson (water law)

Sarah Berger Richardson (food and agriculture)

Alexandre Lillo (water law)

André Lecours (federalism, Canadian politics)

Marie-France Fortin (state liability)

Nathalie Chalifour (sustainable development)

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray (environmental law and climate change)

Thomas Burelli (international environmental law, natural resources)

Eric Champagne (political and administrative structures, organizational management)

Sylvie Paquerot (politics of water, sustainable development, vital resources, and human rights)

Anne Mévellec (urban politics, public policy implementation, local governance)

Jennifer Wallner (federalism, comparative provincial politics, intergovernmental relations)

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Alexandre Lillo is a postdoctoral researcher with the Public Law Centre and the recipient of the Alex Trebek Scholarship for the Water Law and Governance project. His research focuses on the legal mechanisms of water governance in Canada, on how they could be continuously and dynamically adapted, and on questions of representativeness of water stakeholders.

Lauren Touchant, Ph.D. (Public Administration) from the School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the Centre on Governance, and the recipient of the Alex Trebek Scholarship.

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