Jocelyn Stacey

Assistant Professor

BSc (Alberta); LLB (Calgary); LLM (Yale); DCL (McGill)

Tel: 604.822.8326
Fax: 604.822.8108
Office Location: Allard Hall, Room 351


Jocelyn Stacey is an Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching focuses on Canadian environmental and administrative law. Her first book, The Constitution of the Environmental Emergency (Hart Publishing, 2018) elaborate rule-of-law obligations that account for our ever-present vulnerability to catastrophic environmental harm. She has a doctorate in law from McGill University, and her doctoral dissertation, was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. She has a LLM from Yale Law School and an LLB from the University of Calgary. Professor Stacey has been the recipient of numerous research grants and academic awards including a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral work. Prior to graduate work, Jocelyn clerked for the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a founding Board Member of the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation, a non-profit society dedicated to training law students and young lawyers in public interest environmental law litigation.

Professor Stacey researches the intersection between environmental issues, disaster and law. A profile of her work on environmental emergencies and the rule of law can be found on the Research Portal.


  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law

Representative Published Works

The Constitution of the Environmental Emergency (Hart Publishing, 2018)

“Vulnerability, Disaster Law and ‘the Beast’” (2018) 55 Alberta Law Review forthcoming

The Environmental, Democratic and Rule-of-Law Implications of Harper’s Environmental Assessment Legacy” (2016) 21:2 Review of Constitutional Studies 165

“The Promise of the Rule of (Environmental) Law” (2016) 53 OHLJ 681

“Can Pragmatism Function in Administrative Law?” (2016) Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 211 (Judicial Restraint: The Life and Law of Marshall E Rothstein) forthcoming (with Alice Woolley)

Doctoral Studies in Law: From the Inside Out” (2016) 39 Dal LJ 221 (with Dia Dabby and Bethany Hastie)

The Environmental Emergency and the Legality of Discretion in Environmental Law” (2015) 52 OHLJ 983

 “The Rule-of-Law Underpinnings of Endangered Species Protection: Minister of Fisheries and Oceans v David Sukuzi Foundation, 2012 FCA 40” (2014) 27 JELP 57