An interconnected world involves interconnected problems. Issues involving energy, resources, and the environment are often complex and international in nature — and almost always, they touch upon issues of business and trade. Through our research and teaching, we address issues that are global in scope, and local issues that are relevant across the globe. We embrace local study for global lessons.
Interconnected topics that fall within the Faculty's compass are numerous, including the law relating to renewable energy, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, water, species and spaces, climate change, human rights, gender and equality, development, Indigenous law, international trade and investment, corporate law, taxation, ethics, governance, legal theory, and intellectual property. With expertise across this breadth of field, we will continue to engage, through our research and teaching, in an international and interdisciplinary manner to find innovative ways for future impact.
Calgary is not only Canada’s energy capital, it is also renowned as a centre of entrepreneurship and enterprise — and so the faculty’s commitment to excellence in both NREEL and Business Law is a natural pairing. While the energy sector based in Calgary engages in substantial projects and deals that require sophisticated and intricate corporate law expertise, business enterprises and entrepreneurs also need to draw upon the kind of big picture, forward-looking and innovative ideas that the faculty is positioned to provide. We are committed to educating professionals who will be leaders in an ever-changing business landscape.
The energy sector is a primary linchpin of the global economy, and its impacts on security, development and the environment are profound. The International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP) is an innovative, dual-degree collaboration between the University of Houston Law Center and the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. Established in 2012, the program’s primary goal is to train lawyers capable of handling complex global legal issues in the energy and affiliated sectors. In four years, students earn both a Canadian and an American law degree, and can apply to the Bars both north and south of the border.
Indigenous peoples have a special place in Canada. Legal education in Canada requires sensitivity to the unique place of Indigenous Peoples in law and society. Issues of resources and the environment, in particular, need to be informed by the importance of reconciliation and the principles
underlying the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Calls to Action in the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We are committed not only to research and teaching in areas relevant to Indigenous peoples, but also to fostering innovative collaborations between Indigenous communities and leaders in the legal profession, in business, and in our wider community.
The faculty's graduate program is focused within our areas of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. We will continue to recruit strong students from Canada and internationally and promote the breadth of our research areas, while at the same time, emphasizing the possibilities for a diversity of topics for study. We will also continue to explore options for distance delivery and online programming.
We will institute a doctoral program in NREEL that is reflective of the faculty's place within the University and within Canada. Doctoral education will allow us to increase our status as a research institution and the potential for impact in legal education.