Nathalie Chalifour

Associate Professor, Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability
Faculty of Law (Common Law), University of Ottawa

Professor Chalifour's main area of research is environmental law and policy, with a focus the intersection between the environment, the economy, and social justice. Her publications address a variety of topics, including climate change, environmental justice, carbon taxation and the green economy, brownfields, sustainable agriculture, and environmental human rights. She has edited several books, including Energy, Governance and Sustainability, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Vol. V, and The Canadian Brownfields Manual. She was recently Associate Director at the Institute of the Environment where she developed a policy-oriented, interdisciplinary Masters of Environmental Sustainability. She obtained her Doctorate of Law at Stanford University, and holds a Master in Juridical Sciences which she obtained as a Stanford Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.


Heather McLeod-Kilmurray

Associate Professor, Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability
Faculty of Law (Common Law), University of Ottawa

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray was the founding Director of CELGS and is a past Director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Her research deals with toxic torts,  environmental ethics and legal process, the Canadian oil sands, environmental justice, the relationship between science and courts, and food law including GMOs and Industrial Factory Farming. She is co-author of The Canadian Law of Toxic Torts (Canada Law Book) with Prof. Lynda Collins. She has co-edited several books in the IUCN Academy Environmental Law Series (Edward Elgar) such as Climate Law and Developing Countries (Edward Elgar) and Biodiversity and Climate Change. She teaches Environmental Law, Climate Change and Legal Change, Torts, Legal Writing, and Administrative Law. She is also a part-time member of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.


Sophie Thériault

Associate Professor, Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability
Faculty of Law (Civil Law), University of Ottawa

In addition to being an Associate Professor, Sophie Thériault is also a member of the Barreau du Québec (2003) and formerly Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies for the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.  Professor Thériault holds a doctoral degree from Laval University (LL.D. 2009), for which she earned a scholarship from the Trudeau Foundation. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle (2004-2005) and at the University of Victoria (2005-2007). She also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002-2003.

Professor Thériault’s research focuses on indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of natural resources extraction; indigenous environmental governance; environmental justice and environmental rights; and food security and sovereignty for indigenous peoples. In 2012, she was awarded the Canadian Association of Law Professors (CALT) scholarly paper award for the article “Les droits environnementaux dans la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne du Québec: Pistes de réflexion”, which she co-published in the McGill Law Journal with Professor David Robitaille.

She is a member of the Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones (CIÉRA, Université Laval), the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (CELGS, University of Ottawa), the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (University of Ottawa), and the Chaire de recherche en droit sur la diversité et la sécurité alimentaires (held by Professor Geneviève Parent from Laval University). She is also a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Law and Society Journal.