REIMAGINING RIVERS WEBINAR SERIES: Law’s Relationship with the North Saskatchewan River

REIMAGINING RIVERS WEBINAR SERIES: Law’s Relationship with the North Saskatchewan River

Reimagining Rivers Webinar Series: Law’s Relationship with the North Saskatchewan River


The most recent Reimagining Rivers webinar is now available.  Join University of Alberta Associate Professor Cameron Jefferies as he looks at ‘sustainable development’ as an objective of environmental law and how it has failed to get our society where we need to be.  Professor Jefferies outlines how ‘ecological sustainability’ and ‘intergenerational stewardship’ may be better suited to bring about needed integration of ecological thresholds into environmental law and governance.  How ecological sustainability may be realized at a more local or municipal scale, with the example of the North Saskatchewan River, is discussed.

This webinar, held on February 16, 2022, is part of the Webinar Series, Reimagining Rivers: Rethinking and Reframing Relationship with the Environment.

Watch the presentation here

This webinar series, a collaboration of the Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Environmental Law Centre, provides opportunities to learn from expert speakers about jurisdictional hurdles that impact the thriving of our environment as well as innovative approaches to rethinking relationship with it.


Past webinars have included:

October 29 – Reimagining Rivers: Animals as Legal Beings – Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Professor Maneesha Deckha (UVic) and Assistant Professor Jessica Eisen (UAlberta)
Watch the Presentation Here


June 10, 2021 – Reimagining Rivers: Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Environment
Professor Darcy Lindberg and Lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
Watch the Presentation Here


June 03, 2021 – Reimagining Rivers: Magpie River as Person
Yenny Vega Cárdenas, President of the Observatoire international des droits de la nature/ International Observatory of Nature Rights
Watch the Presentation Here


The series will culminate in a Symposium in late spring 2022, where we explore different conceptions of the North Saskatchewan river: as a legal person, as an agent, as a relation.



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