University of Calgary

Nickie Nikolaou

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean - Academic

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Member of the Alberta Bar


Nickie has been with the Faculty since July 2007. From 2013-2015, she was on leave in Doha, Qatar. Prior to joining the Faculty, Nickie was a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law from 2001 to 2007. Before that, she practiced law in Calgary and served as legal counsel to the Honourable Madam Justice C. Hunt of the Alberta Court of Appeal. Nickie articled with the Courts of Appeal and Queen’s Bench in Calgary, and completed her Master of Laws degree in 2000 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.

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law research group
Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL)


Law 404: Property

Research/Scholarly Activities

Nickie'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.

Research Areas

  • Energy Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Property Law

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