Jamie Benidickson
Jamie Benidickson
Professor, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
Director IUCN Academy

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Jamie Benidickson has taught Canadian and International Environmental Law, Water Law, Sustainable Development Law and legal history. His publications in these areas include Environmental Law 4th (Irwin Law, 2013) and The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage (UBC Press, 2007).  

In addition to these academic interests, Jamie has been actively involved in the public policy process through his work with a number of royal commissions and inquiries, including the Royal Commission on Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada and the Walkerton inquiry. He has also held several administrative positions with professional and academic organizations and served from 2004 to 2016 as Director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law whose international Secretariat was located at the University of Ottawa.

His ongoing research projects centre on governance regimes for watersheds, biodiversity and sustainable development in Canada, a social history of the Lake of the Woods, and the regulation of beer and breweries. Jamie’s non-academic interests in canoeing and wilderness travel have also led to a number of publications, including Idleness, Water and A Canoe (University of Toronto Press, 1997).


Legal and historical analysis of water, natural resources, environment and climate issues.