University of Calgary

Shaun Charles Fluker

  • Associate Professor

Bar admissions

Active member with the Law Society of Alberta

Biography

Shaun joined the Faculty of Law in 2007. His legal career started with Parlee McLaws LLP in 1995. He has experience providing legal services in the areas of corporate/commercial, securities, environmental, and administrative law. Shaun has appeared as counsel before all levels of Alberta courts. Shaun was a visiting scholar in residence at the University of Waikato in New Zealand for 6 months during 2014. Shaun is married to Samantha and they have three children. When he is not at the law school, Shaun enjoys skiing and climbing in the mountains west of Calgary with family and friends.

Shaun is also serving as the Executive Director of the Faculty's Public Interest Law Clinic which provides legal services to clients pursuing law reform and litigation strategies in public law and policy. Clients of the Clinic have included individuals, community associations, and public interest groups in a wide range of disputes involving matters such as residential tenancies, animal welfare, resource development, endangered species protection, and environmental impact assessment.

Teaching

Law 503: Administrative Law
Law 531: Environmental Law
Law 693: Public Interest Theory
Law 693: Environmental Law
Law 696: Public Interest Clinical

Subjects instructed include administrative law, legal theory, statutory interpretation and drafting, environmental law, environmental ethics, endangered species law, environmental impact assessment law, and the relationship between law and public policy.

Research/Scholarly Activities

Shaun's research is primarily in the following areas: (1) public participation and community engagement with resources and environmental decision-making; (2) access to justice and accountability in energy and environmental law; (3) the implementation of environmental norms in law; (4) the regulation of environmental markets.

Public participation and community engagement with resources and environmental decision-making.
Effective public participation is widely considered essential in the legitimate exercise of state power over resource development and environmental decision-making. My research examines legal frameworks which govern public participation. Research methodologies include doctrinal analysis, comparative study, case study, qualitative assessment (interviews), and quantitative empirical work.

Access to justice and accountability in energy and environmental law.
Access to justice and accountability are inherent components of the Rule of Law. My research on these subjects examines procedural and substantive rules governing access to legal process, judicial review and access to information (transparency) in the context of energy and environmental law in Canada. Research methodologies include doctrinal analysis, comparative study, and quantitative empirical work.

The implementation of environmental norms in law.
The Supreme Court of Canada has noted environmental protection is a fundamental value in Canadian society, but questions remain on how to implement substantive environmental norms into law. My research has focused primarily on the legal implementation of preservation norms in relation to endangered species and protected areas. Research methodologies include doctrinal analysis, comparative study, and case studies.

The regulation of environmental markets.
The use of market-based instruments in environmental regulation, such as offsets, continues to increase in favour amongst policymakers. My research has focused primarily on legal frameworks which govern carbon markets in Canada and internationally. Research methodologies include doctrinal analysis and comparative study.

Watch a video highlighting some of Shaun's research.

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