Environmental Rights: The Power and the Promise

October 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

On Wednesday, October 3, the Environmental Law Students Association, Pembina Institute, Healthy Environment YEG, Environmental Law Centre and the David Suzuki Foundation invite you to a forum to discuss the legal right to a healthy environment as a solution to environmental problems.

Over the past 50 years, environmental rights have become the fastest-growing body of human rights law internationally. We have a historic opportunity to ensure that everyone in Canada has the right to a healthy environment.

Moderating the event will be Cameron Jefferies, assistant professor and Borden Ladner Gervais fellow at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

Speakers include:

  • Nikki Way, analyst for the Pembina Institute
  • Jason Unger, executive director of the Environmental Law Centre
  • Peter Wood, environmental rights national campaign manager at the David Suzuki Foundation

Further speaker information

Cameron Jefferies researches environmental law, natural resource law, ocean law and animal law. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of Virginia, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

Nikki Way is an analyst for the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank. She focuses on fossil fuel development and is interested in the impacts of oil and gas development on Albertans, and participation in environmental decision-making.

Jason Unger is executive director of the Environmental Law Centre, a charity committed to environmental law education and reform to foster a clean and healthy environment for current and future generations of Albertans. Unger worked in litigation and regulatory law practice in Calgary and Edmonton.

Peter Wood has worked on a variety of issues at the nexus of environmental and human rights over the past two decades, including for organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law, Global Witness and the UN. He is currently national manager for the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot campaign, which seeks to enshrine environmental rights within Canada's constitution.


Room LC 231
Law Centre, University of Alberta (111 Street & 89 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB