University of Calgary

Arlene Kwasniak

  • Professor Emerita of Law
  • Canadian Institute of Resources Law
  • +1 (403) 970-1251

Bar admissions

Member of the Alberta Bar

Biography

Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2003, Arlene'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.

Arlene won the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence for 2010/2011.

Affiliations

Natural resources, energy and envionmental law research group

Research/Scholarly Activities

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

Graduate Students

Interdisciplinary PhD: Gillian Kerr

Thesis-based LLM: Kevin Marechal de Carteret

Professional Service

Arlene 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.

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