Environmental Law

If your work impacts the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, involves the devel­op­ment of nat­ur­al resources, or address­es envi­ron­men­tal health issues, it is impor­tant to have an under­stand­ing of the laws which reg­u­late these areas. This course is intend­ed to assist par­tic­i­pants in nav­i­gat­ing through the com­plex and often con­fus­ing array of Fed­er­al, Provin­cial, com­mon law, and envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­to­ry schemes by pro­vid­ing an intro­duc­tion to these four key areas of law, which impact environmental/​resource/​health reg­u­la­tion in Cana­da — con­sti­tu­tion­al law, civ­il law, reg­u­la­to­ry law and admin­is­tra­tive law.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with different types of environmental laws—constitutional, regulatory, civil, and administrative.
  • Understand the sources of environmental laws in Canada.
  • Determine the relationships that exist between government environmental protection, natural resources development, and public health legislation.
  • Understand how legal counsel, judges, and tribunal members interpret and apply environmental, natural resources, and public health laws.
  • Develop the skills necessary to obtain and analyze environmental legislation such as the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Canadian Fisheries Act.
  • Identify potential civil environmental liabilities (both personal and corporate) and explore steps to take to minimize exposure to civil liability.
  • Understand the limits placed by the law on governments and their employees in administering environmental, natural resource, and public health laws.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Course assessment includes an in-class final exam.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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