University of Calgary

Sharon Mascher

  • Professor


Sharon joined the Faculty of Law in 2012. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Sharon was a Professor at Thompson Rivers University's Faculty of Law and an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director (Environment and Climate Change) of the Centre for Mining, Energy and Resources Law at the University of Western Australia's Faculty of Law. She has also held academic positions in the Faculties of Law at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and the University of Saskatchewan.

Sharon is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Research group
Honorary Fellow at the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law


Law 404: Property
Law 624: Enivronmental Law and Ethics
Law 693: Climate Change

Research/Scholarly Activities

Sharon's research focused on legal issues relating to climate change law, environmental law, property law and laws affecting Indigenous peoples. Her recent publications include: a co-authored chapter on the constitutional recognition of aboriginal title (forthcoming, Federation Press, 2016) and a co-authored article comparing the Australian and Canadian approaches to adaptive management in water law (forthcoming, McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, 2016). Sharon's current research is focused on the design of climate change mitigation legislation and liability for climate change damage.

Research Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Intersections between Environmental Law and laws affecting Indigenous Peoples

Graduate Students

Thesis-based LLM

  • Emmanuel Kofi Owusu
  • Josephine Yam

Course-based LLM

  • Diana De La Rosa
  • Rabiev Racho
  • Flora Stevenson
  • Geeta Sheoran

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Haites, E., Maosheng, D., Gallagher, K., Mascher, S., Narassimhan, E., Richards, K., & Wakabayashi, M, “Experience with carbon taxes and greenhouse gas trading systems: Synthesis and assessment” (2018) Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum (forthcoming) (working draft at SSRN).
  • Mascher, S., “Striving for Equivalency Across the Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec Carbon Pricing Systems: The Pan-Canadian Carbon Pricing Benchmark” (2018) Climate Policy (online).
  • Olszynski, M., Mascher, S. & Doelle, M., "From Smokes to Smokestacks: Lessons from Tobacco for the Future of Climate Change Liability" (2017) 30(1) Georgetown Env. L. Rev. 1 (working draft at SSRN).
  • Mascher, S. & Young, S.,"Rights-based 'Recognition': The Canadian Experience" in Constitutional Recognition of First Peoples in Australia, Simon Young et al, editors (Brisbane, Federation Press, 2016).
  • Curran, D. & Mascher S., "Adaptive Management in Water Law: Evaluating Australian (New South Wales) and Canadian (British Columbia) Law Reform Initiatives" (2016) 12:2 McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy (online).
  • Mascher, S., "Neglected Sovereignty: Filling Canada's Climate Change Gap with Unilateral Measures" (2016) 29 JELP 361. (online)
  • Mascher, S. "Climate change justice and corporate responsibility: commentary on the International Bar Association recommendation," (2016) Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (published online 02 February, 2016)

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Professional Service

Sharon is co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice.

While in Australia, Sharon was a member of the Management Committee of the Environmental Defender's Office (Western Australia), a not-for-profit community legal clinic dedicated to protecting the environment. She also served as a principal policy officer for the Greenhouse Unit in Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, a legal consultant to the Western Australian Department of Water and a member of the Western Australian Water and Rivers Commission Legislative Compliance Advisory Group.

Photograph of Sharon Mascher
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