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About Meinhard Doelle

Professor Doelle specializes in environmental and energy law, with a focus on climate change and environmental assessment processes. He has been involved in the practice and reform of environmental law in Nova Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the NS Environment Act and as policy advisor on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (1992). He has served on numerous advisory committees, and currently advises the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee under the new Canadian Impact Assessment Act.

From 2000 to 2006, Professor Doelle was a non-governmental member of the Canadian delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. He continues to follow the negotiations as an official observer. From January to May 2008, he was a  visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany. He co-chaired a strategic environmental assessment on tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy from 2007 to 2008,  served on the Lower Churchill Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel from 2009 to 2011, and co-chaired  a provincial panel on aquaculture from 2013 to 2014. He currently serves as the Canadian Chair, Marine Environmental Protection, at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.

Professor Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision-making. His book projects include “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials” (2019), "The Paris Climate Agreement: Analysis and Commentary" (2017), “Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime” (2012), “The Federal Environmental Assessment Process, a Guide and Critique" (2009), and "From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law" (2005).

Professor Doelle's teaching within the law school has involved courses in environmental law, energy law, climate change and contract law. He has also been involved in interdisciplinary teaching outside the law school, most notably at the College of Sustainability, where he co-taught a course on Humanity in the Natural World from 2009 to 2012.

Positions

2021 - Present Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
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2012 - Present Full Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Marine and Environmental Law Institute
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines

Law


Grants

2017 - 2022 Integrating Climate Change into Environmental Assessment Processes
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Role: principle investigator
$250,000
2011 - 2016 Framework for Environmental Assessment Law Renewal
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Role: co-applicant
$185,000
2010 - 2015 Carbon Management Canada (CMC) National and International legal and regulatory framework for carbon management
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Role: co-applicant
$360,000
2009 - 2010 New Governance Arrangements and Sustainable Resource Management
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Role: co-applicant
$80,000
2004 - 2009 Ocean Governance; Principles in Practice
Canadian International Development Agency
Role: co-applicant
$5,000,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Lakehead Law Journal
2013 - Present Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Climate Law
2013 - Present Co-Editor, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice
2012 - Present Legal Advisor, Legal Response Initiative (legal advice to developing countries at the UN climate negotiations)
2012 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Solar Nova Scotia
2010 - Present Member, National Steering Committee, Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot
2008 - Present Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law
2006 - Present Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Ocean Yearbook
1996 - Present Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Environmental Regulation and Compliance News
2013 - 2014 Member, NS Panel appointed to develop a new regulatory framework for aquaculture
2007 - 2013 Founding Chair & Board Member, East Coast Environmental Law Association
2009 - 2011 Panel Member, Federal-Provincial Environmental Assessment Review Panel, Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation
2007 - 2010 Member, Nova Scotia Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity
1990 Member, Nova Scotia Bar
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 - 21 Canadian Chair, Marine Environmental Protection, World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden
  • 2008: Visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany
  • 2006: Dalhousie University Doctoral Thesis Award
  • 2000-05: NGO representative on the Canadian Delegation for negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


Education

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2005 JSD, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
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1991 LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
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1989 LLB, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
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1986 BSc, Dalhousie University
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Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2

Email: mdoelle@dal.ca


Books (8)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (61)