Stewart Elgie, University of Ottawa

Associate Professor Law Ottawa, Ontario selgie@uottawa.ca

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A University of Ottawa Common Law professor specializing in environmental law and economics, Stewart Elgie is also the associate director of the University’s Environment Institute. He received his Master’s of Law from Harvard in 1988, and is currently completing a doctorate at Yale, focusing on e...

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Bio/Research

A University of Ottawa Common Law professor specializing in environmental law and economics, Stewart Elgie is also the associate director of the University’s Environment Institute. He received his Master’s of Law from Harvard in 1988, and is currently completing a doctorate at Yale, focusing on environmental law and economics (climate change). His current research focuses mainly on economic approaches to environmental protection.

Prof. Elgie previously served as a professor at several Canadian law schools (Osgoode Hall, British Columbia, and Alberta). Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he founded the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now EcoJustice), Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization. Prof. Elgie was also the founding executive director of the Canadian Boreal Trust, an organization advancing conservation and sustainable management of Canada’s northern forests. He has served on a number of government law reform and advisory panels, and was chair of Canada’s National Advisory Committee under the NAFTA environmental side agreement. In addition, Prof. Elgie is the founder and chair of Sustainable Prosperity, a major research-policy initiative focused on building the knowledge foundation for a greener, stronger economy.

In 2001, Prof. Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – one of the youngest individuals ever to receive the profession’s highest honour.


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