Centre for Law and the Environment

In a rapidly globalizing world, Canadians can no longer contemplate environmental and natural resource law without considering many global influences. No industry in Canada can operate in isolation from world affairs, nor can regulation be considered without taking into account global environmental and economic influences. Few environmental and natural resource problems remain unaffected by a world that has become economically integrated and in which human activity has the capacity to affect the sustainability of the global environment.

At the same time, Canadian lawyers no longer have the luxury of acting simply as repositories of legal advice. Graduates of the Allard School of Law at University of British Columbia must be able to draw upon a repertoire of legal, policy-making, problem-solving and negotiation techniques. The lawyer as advocate and adviser must appreciate ecological, social, and economic factors connected with an environmental or natural resource problem.

The Centre seeks to establish a network of scholars and policymakers from a variety of disciplines, professions, and institutions throughout the world. Only by sharing knowledge across many walks of life can we tackle the momentous challenges ahead of us. The Centre also delivers a legal education that prepares students for a practice and a life as a lawyer that demands they be interdisciplinary, international, and attentive to indigenous issues. The Centre's Specialization in Environmental and Natural Reource Law allows students to concentrate their studies in environmental and natural resource law, and earn a designation that marks them as being prepared for this highly demanding area of practice.

The University of British Columbia holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. Not only is UBC's reputation spectacular, but so is its location, facilities and attractions. The campus is nestled beside the coast only 30 minutes from downtown and boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

The Allard School of Law is an extraodinary place to study environmental and natural resources law. The school offers an extensive array of courses including workshops, to receive hands-on experience, small seminars which focus on specific topics and broad survey courses. The program also offers significant opportunities to Ph.D. and LL.M. students.

Our location is also important, and the Pacific West Coast is an exceptional place to observe the dynamic tension between resource use, First Nations use and environmental preservation. BC is home to over 70% of all bird and mammal species in Canada and about half these species - like the Vancouver Island Marmot - are found nowhere else. This means that BC has many unique environments all with distinctive and vulnerable animal and plant species including the Haida Gwaii islands and its Kermode or, Spirit, bears, Clayoquot Sound and the Vancouver Island Marmot and Bald Eagles, Stein Valley with its Grizzly Bears, Mountain Caribou and Goats.

There are many reasons that students come to UBC to study environmental and natural resource law. The wide variety of course offerings is unparalleled, and the dedication and enthusiasm of instructors is infectious. And UBC is rightly proud of its Environmental Law Group, one of the most engaged and active environmental law student groups found anywhere. The ELG, which meets weekly, has undertaken many initiatives on its own, including the development of a highly regarded environmental law negotiation moot.