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Professor Shaun Fluker

Public participation and access to justice in resources and environmental decision-making are a common theme in much of Shaun's work.

Public participation and access to justice in resources and environmental decision-making

Professor Shaun Fluker's research is primarily in the area of public interest environmental law. Public participation and access to justice in resources and environmental decision-making are a common theme in much of his published work. This video highlights some of his research on the topic. Recent peer-reviewed publications include An Analysis of Costs Awarded by the Alberta Energy Regulator (co-authored with Eric Dalke) and The Right to Public Participation in Resources and Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta. Shaun follows doctrinal developments in endangered species law in Canada, and disseminates his analysis in regular contributions to the Faculty’s blog - see for example Alberta Releases Draft Woodland Caribou Range Plan: Pie in the Sky. Shaun also conducts applied research in public interest environmental law with the Faculty’s Public Interest Law Clinic. The Clinic currently has several active litigation files testing the limited scope of public participation under Alberta’s energy and environmental legislative framework, as well as the application of Canada’s federal Species at Risk Act on provincial lands. Shaun oversees an ongoing clinical project investigating access to information in the context of energy and environmental law and policy in Canada.

Shaun is currently working on two projects that relate to environmental enforcement. He is contributing a book chapter on the subject in the forthcoming 4th edition of the casebook Environmental Law & Policy to be published by Emond in 2019. He is also a collaborator in a group project investigating transparency and accountability issues associated with creative environmental sentencing in Canada. The group has a working paper in progress which focuses on creative environmental sentences issued by Alberta courts, and Shaun has recently been interviewed by the media to comment on the subject in relation to a sentencing case in New Brunswick.

In January 2019, Shaun spoke to Nimonik for a podcast on public participation in resource development decisions. [LISTEN]