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Executive Director

?? Allan Ingelson

Allan Ingelson
Associate Professor?
allan.ingelson [at]
Telephone: (403) 220-3975
Office: MFH 3349
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Professor Ingelson became the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law on?July 1, 2012.?He is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and has served as the Director of the Haskayne Energy Management program and on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) Education Advisory Committee. He holds a LL.M. from the University of Denver; J.D. and B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1991, and he holds memberships in the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA).

Professor Ingelson has published articles in energy and natural resources law journals including the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Energy Law Journal, Natural Resources Journal, Global Business and Development Law Journal, Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Law, Environment and Development Journal, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal, Alberta Law Review, Canadian Petroleum Tax Journal and the Water Law Review. His main areas of research are international oil and?gas law, international mining law, renewable energy, and environmental impact assessment. He has taught in Executive MBA programs.

Affiliated Faculty Members?

J. Owen Saunders J. Owen Saunders
Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor
josaunde [at]

Mr. Saunders is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the Institute and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. He has been at the Institute since 1980 and held the position as Executive Director since July 1989. He has been a Research Associate with the Institute since 1980, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Calgary since 1984. He holds a B.A. (Hon. Econ.) from St. Francis Xavier University, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and an LL.M. from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science). His main areas of interest include natural resources policy, international trade law, energy law, transboundary water law, and environmental and constitutional law.

His publications include work on such topics as The Uruguay Round of GATT and Economic Regionalism; NAFTA and the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation; The Mexico Factor in North American Free Trade; Legal Aspects of International Diversions; Energy, Natural Resources and the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement; and Interjurisdictional Issues in Canadian Water Management.

His recent research has included work on trade law, electricity deregulation, domestic and transboundary water law and policy, and problems associated with resource development and federalism.

Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C.
alucas [at]
Telephone: (403) 220-7111
Office: MFH 3343

Alastair R. Lucas, Q.C. is a Professor of Law at the University of Calgary. He has a B.A., LL.B. (Alta.), LL.M. (Br. Col.) and is a member of the Alberta Bar since 1968.?Professor?Lucas was 50% seconded as the Interim President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership from April 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. He also serves as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; Special Legal Advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation; Member of the Governing Council of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL); and Acting Member of Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board.

Before joining the University of Calgary in 1976 as a founding faculty member, Professor Lucas was at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1976. During his term with the UofC Law School, he has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, as Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) and as Dean of Law from 2006 to 2011. He has been a consultant and policy advisor to several government departments, and has held numerous professional appointments. Professor Lucas is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design and teaches in the University's Interdisciplinary Masters Program in Sustainable Energy Development. His awards include the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship.

Professor Lucas’ academic interests are concentrated on regulatory issues related to energy and environmental law, oil and gas law, constitutional law, and judicial review. Special research interests focus on Canadian international and comparative environmental and energy law, and include "Canadian Energy Infrastructure and the Federalist Dilemma" in Martha Roggenkamp et al, eds, Energy Networks and the Law: Innovative Solutions in Changing Nature Markets (Oxford University Press, 2012) at 19.

Arlene Kwasniak Arlene?Kwasniak
Senior Research Fellow and
Professor Emerita
akwasnia [at]
Office: MFH 3351B

Arlene Kwasniak is a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Calgary. She has a M.A. (philosophy) from Wayne State University (1975), a LL.B. from the University of Alberta (1980), and an LL.M. from the Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law (1992). Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2003, Professor Kwasniak's law practice was with the Environmental Law Centre (Edmonton, Alberta) for 11 years, the last two as Executive Director. There she developed keen interests in water law and policy, municipal law and policy, legal issues concerning inter-jurisdictional management and ecosystem approaches, law and sustainability, and private conservancy instruments.

Professor Kwasniak's books include Alberta Public Rangeland Law and Policy, A Conservation Easement Guide to Alberta, Reconciling Political and Ecosystem Borders: A Legal Map and Alberta Wetlands: A Law and Policy Guide. Arlene was the winner of the CBA-LSA 2013 Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship.

Professor Kwasniak has served on the Alberta Water Council, Wetlands Team, which developed new wetland policy proposal in 2007, and on the Alberta Water Management Review Committee, which was instrumental in developing new water legislation for the province, and the federal Regulatory Advisory Committee constituted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to advise the federal Environment Minister on matters concerning environmental assessment in Canada.

Nickie Nickie Nikolaou?
Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic
n.nikolaou [at]
Telephone: (403) 220-8790
Office: MFH 3348
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Nickie Nikolaou is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Calgary. She has a L.LM. (Calgary), LL.B. (Alberta), B.A. Hons. (Saskatchewan) and is a member of the Alberta Bar. Ms. Nikolaou is a member of the Natural Resources Energy and Environmental Law Research group at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary and an affiliated Faculty member of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) at the University of Calgary. Professor Vlavianos serves on the Admissions Committee, Academic Appeals Committee, and Ruby Anniversary Planning Committee within the Faculty of Law. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.

Professor Nikolaou joined the Faculty of Law in July 2007. She was on a half-time secondment arrangement with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary from 2007-2010. Prior to joining the Faculty, Professor Nikolaou was a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law from 2001 to 2007. Before that, she practised law in Calgary and served as Legal Counsel to Madam Justice C. Hunt of the Alberta Court of Appeal. In 1996-1997, Professor Nikolaou articled with the Courts of Appeal and Queen’s Bench in Calgary. In 2000, she completed a Master of Laws degree with a specialization in environmental and oil and gas law. Her thesis, which was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal, considered the liability regimes for well abandonment, reclamation, releases of substances, and contaminated sites in Alberta. In 2002, she was a visiting assistant professor with the Faculty of Law.

Professor Nilolaou's research interests are in the areas of energy, natural resources, environmental, and property law. She is the current editor of the Canada Energy Law Service - Federal (Thomson/Carswell). Her publications and research include work on such topics as: public participation in energy, natural resources and environmental decision making; theories of environmental liability, including the polluter pays principle; liability regimes for the clean-up of environmental damage; the role of human rights law in natural resources development; the constitutional jurisdiction of administrative tribunals; the role of municipalities in natural resources and renewable energy development; the legal and regulatory framework for oil and gas, including oil sands, development in Alberta; and the role and mandate of Canada’s National Energy Board.

Martin Olszynski Martin Olszynski
Assistant Professor
molszyns [at]
Telephone: (403) 220-3816
Office: MFH 3346
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Martin Olszynski is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Calgary. He joined the Faculty on July 1, 2013, following several years of public service in environmental and natural resources law and policy. From 2007 to 2013, he was counsel with the federal Department of Justice, practicing law in the legal services unit at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. During this period, he also spent time on secondment to the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Division at Environment Canada.

Martin holds a B.Sc. (Biology) and an LL.B., both from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LL.M. (specialization in environmental law) from the University of California at Berkeley. Following law school, Martin clerked for the Hon. Justice Denis Pelletier of the Federal Court of Appeal (2006). Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was a part-time professor with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where he taught environmental law.

Martin's primary teaching and research interests are in environmental, natural resources, and water law and policy. He is also interested in the continuous development of related core areas of law, including constitutional, administrative, tort and regulatory law. His articles have been published in various journals, including the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Queen’s Law Journal, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and the Canadian Bar Review, as well as both of Canada’s environmental law journals, the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice and McGill’s Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy. He has also appeared as a witness in environmental hearings before both the House of Commons and the Senate. Since 2011, Martin is co-editor of the?Journal of Environmental Law and Practice.? In 2012, he was a recipient of the Deputy Minister’s (Justice)?Excellence Award.

Fenner Stewart Dr. Fenner Stewart
Assistant Professor?
fenner.stewart [at]
Telephone: (403) 210-9725?
Office: MFH 3347
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Fenner is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Calgary. Fenner is a member of the University of Calgary's Energy Research Strategy, entitled "Energy Innovation for Today and Tomorrow." This confederation of scholars is a new inter-faculty cluster from the Faculty of Arts, the Schulich School of Engineering, the Haskayne School of Business, and the Faculty of Law. The scholastic assembly's goal is to help the University become a world leader in energy research and one of Canada's elite research universities by 2016. Fenner is also a Director of the Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy.

Before coming to the University of Calgary, Fenner held various academic positions. Of note, he was a research fellow at Columbia University Law School. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, where he was the faculty advisor for the Energy Law and Policy Concentration. He also served as Director of Academic Programs at the Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy Network at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was also an Adjunct Professor.

In 2011 and 2012, Fenner was a fellow for a summer institute, which was hosted by Some Institutes of Advanced Study in association with the Humboldt and Mellon Foundations. Its conveners selected 20 promising academics from a spectrum of countries and disciplines. The group was directed to engage in a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary dialogue about global governance.

Prior to this, he was a research associate and the operational coordinator for a series of workshops held under the auspices of the Research and Development Agency within the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. These non-governmental gatherings, attended by government and military officials in their private capacities as well as by academics from the South China Sea region and Canada, were convened to explore ways to engender cooperation, mainly for oil and gas exploration and marine protection, among the nations bordering the South China Sea.

Fenner's current work is mindful of the economic and legal presumptions that help shape the dominant narratives of how business and market function. Elements of these presumptions, and the narratives they weave, are closely examined within the context of governance and regulatory theories. Collaborative, incentive-based, reflexive, responsive, and decentered notions of governance and regulation are not necessarily mindful of each other and do not appear to be moving toward a single cohesive position. Attempts to synthesize theories into a single literature have been accused of being overzealous. This being the case, Fenner's strategy is to allow the complexity and tensions between the regulatory theories to remain, and apply these viewpoints to a single regulatory context: oil and gas law and policy.

Robert Hamilton?
Assistant Professor?
robert.hamilton.1[at] ??
Telephone: 403-220-4401??
Office: MFH 3347

Robert Hamilton is?an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. He teaches Property Law, Aboriginal Law, and Legal Research and Writing. His research focuses on Aboriginal land rights and Treaty rights in Canada’s Maritime Provinces. His work engages law, legal history, Indigenous legal traditions, and theoretical perspectives on law and history. Robert has worked on research projects with the National Consortium on Indigenous Economic Development, the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives, and the Confederation Debates Project. He has also worked with First Nations on land claims and self-government issues. Robert has published on Aboriginal land and treaty rights in the Maritime Provinces and broader issues in Aboriginal law and history and has presented his research at numerous academic conferences.?Robert holds a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from St. Thomas University, a J.D. from the University of New Brunswick Law School, and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and a Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Resource Law.?

Dr.?William N. Holden
Research Associate and?
Associate Professor,?
Department of Geography?
wnholden [at]
Telephone: (403) 220-4886?
Office: ES 416

Dr. W.N. Holden, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art's Department of Geography, became a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) in 2012. Dr. Holden received his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 1987 and was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1989. A B.A. (with distinction) in Economics, a Masters of Economics (M.Ec.), and a Ph.D. in Geography followed in 1993, 1996, and 2004. Dr. Holden's legal research interests focus on the federalism of environmental law, nuclear energy law and policy, and the efficacy of mining as a development strategy in the Philippines, particularly conflicts between mining and indigenous peoples and conflicts between mining and local government units. Dr. Holden has published in such law journals as the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law and the Law, Environment, and Development Journal. Dr. Holden is currently planning a book on Canadian nuclear energy law.

Research Associate

?? Dr. Chilenye Nwapi
Research Associate
cnwapi [at] ?
Telephone: (587)?719-0955?
Office: MFH 3351A

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi is a Research Associate at CIRL. Prior to his appointment, he was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow also here at CIRL. He holds a Ph.D in law from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Laws from Imo State University (Nigeria).?

Dr Nwapi's research seeks to understand how energy and natural resource development can contribute to public welfare improvements in developing countries where regulatory and accountability mechanisms are weak. The questions he asks include: What role can home-countries of multinational extractive corporations play to enhance the positive impact of the activities of their corporations in developing countries? And what can governments of host-developing countries do, either alone or in cooperation with one another, to maximize the gains of foreign direct investment in a responsible and business-friendly manner? Local, regional, and inter-regional initiatives are of particular interest to him. His research aims to generate knowledge for law reform as well as knowledge about public policy options for governments and inter-governmental bodies and to contribute to the production of knowledge about how best to grapple with the problem globally. His scholarship, which has appeared in several scholarly journals around the world, has considered such issues as extractive sector transparency, corruption, business and human rights, local content policies and environmental/social impact assessments, among several other issues. He has also presented his research on these issues at international conferences in numerous countries across the globe. A selection of his publications can be found at?

In past years, Dr Nwapi served as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague and as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. Most recently, he was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar at the Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig, Germany, where he participated in teaching a course titled, “Respacing Africa: New Regionalisms”.

Outside his professional life, Dr Nwapi finds immense interest in seeking answers to the unsolved problems of human existence, such as: Why was I born? Why am I here? Why is this happening to me? Moments when he comes close to finding answers to these questions are to him the only real high points in his life - everything else is pushed far into the shade.

Research Fellows

Dr. Judy Stewart?
Research Fellow

?Dr. Stewart practices law in Cochrane, Alberta, primarily at the nexus of municipal and water law. Her thesis for her Master of Laws at the University of Calgary focused on the legal framework surrounding municipal tools to protect wetlands and riparian lands in Alberta. She has published an article in the Alberta Law Review on ?municipal water management planning under section 60 of the Municipal Government Act, which provides ?municipalities "with direction, control and management" of water bodies within their jurisdiction. In June, 2016, she graduated with a doctorate from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary where she designed a reflexive legal framework for bridging organizations in regional-scale environmental governance and management. Dr. Stewart served on the Cochrane town council for 6 years as a councillor, and 3 years as mayor. She is an avid volunteer on local, regional and provincial watershed stewardship groups. Dr. Stewart served on the Alberta Water Council as an alternate on the Board and on many working groups and project teams. Judy also served on the Board of the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership for a number of years, and is currently a Director of the Alberta Lake Management Society.? She was a Director on the Bow River Basin Council for many years, and is currently the chair of the Legislation and Policy Committee, as well as a Director of the Calgary Region Airshed Zone, where she also chairs the Policy and Research Committee. Since its inception, Judy has been a member of the Spray Lake Sawmills Detailed Forest Management Plan Public Advisory Group and as a Director actively involved in the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee and that group’s diverse watershed stewardship activities. She also serves on the Cochrane Settlement Community Association and writes a column on sustainability for the Cochrane Times.

Flora Stevenson
Research Fellow

Flora Stevenson received her LL.M. from the University of Calgary in 2016, and an LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2011.? Her areas of research include Canadian, Brazilian and international energy, natural resources and environmental law and policy, with a special interest on issues related to climate change and aboriginal law.?As part of her Post-Graduate Research Fellowship with CIRL, Flora is working with Professor Allan Ingelson and Professor Hirdan Costa (University of? S?o Paulo) on a research project concerning the environmental impact assessment process for oil and gas in Brazil.

?? Dr. Verónica de la Rosa Jaimes?
Research Fellow
vdelaro [at]
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Dr. de la Rosa Jaimes has a J.D., LL.M. and Ph.D. (Hon.)?from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. She spent one year conducting research for her doctoral thesis at the European Institute of Human Rights in France. She has taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, TEC de Monterrey and was a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier 1, France. As a certified attorney in Mexico, she has worked for the National Human Rights Commission. Dr. de la Rosa Jaimes taught most recently at Niagara College and Bow Valley College. She has many publications to her credit, mostly in the area of international human rights law. Her teaching and research interests are in international human rights law, environmental law and international law. Dr. de la Rosa Jaimes completed a two-year postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary. She is currently working on climate change litigation in both national and international law.

Sara Jaremko

Sara Jaremko
Research Fellow
sljaremk [at]

Sara Jaremko is a Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.? She received her LL.M. in Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law from the University of Calgary in 2013, and holds a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Calgary and a J.D. from the University of British Columbia.?She has trained and worked in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario and is a member of the Alberta Bar.?Her research interests include natural resources law, environmental law & policy, land use planning and cumulative effects management, and northern development.


David Laidlaw
Research Fellow
dklaidla [at]
Office: MFH 3351A
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David K. Laidlaw is a Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Calgary in 1985, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1988, and an LL.M. from the University of Calgary in 2013.

He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1989. After 20 years of private practice in Calgary, David returned to Law School to secure an LL.M. Having practised in Aboriginal law in the early 1990’s his ongoing interest in the area has led him research Canada’s law with respect to Indigenous peoples and its implications for indigenous groups and the public in Alberta and throughout Canada. In addition to Aboriginal law, his research interests include legal history and the philosophy of law.

He has with Monique Passelac-Ross completed an Aboriginal Consultation Handbook (2014), funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. He has recently completed an Updated Handbook (2016), to account for the new Consultation Guidelines (2014) and other recent developments, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. His ongoing research presentations have been funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, Cenovus Energy Inc., the ATCO Group and several First Nations.

Meriam Bravante
Research Fellow

Meriam Bravante?is a Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Accounting) and a law degree (LL.B) from the Philippines. She completed her Master of Laws (LL.M) in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Calgary in 2016. Before moving to Calgary, Meriam worked extensively with indigenous peoples and upland communities in the Philippines on issues regarding tenurial instruments, indigenous peoples’ rights, large scale mining, environmental impact assessment, forestry, and protected areas. She had an eight-year stint with the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center/Friends of the Earth Philippines, which was heavily involved in the passage of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act and then in defending this statute when its constitutionality was challenged. Meriam helped develop strategies for engaging laws and policies under the Center’s operating principles of Strategic and Progressive Legal Intervention. Her other research interests are local government powers over natural resource utilization, sacred sites and cultural heritage. As a Calgarian, she enjoys working with immigrant communities and organizations.?

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
Faculty of Law, University of Calgary?
els [at]
Office: MFH 3353