Estair Van Wagner

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Professor Estair Van Wagner researches and teaches in the areas of land use planning, natural resource and property law and is co-director of Osgoode’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic.

Professor Van Wagner joined Osgoode from the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law where she taught Property, Natural Resource, and Resource Management Law. She completed her doctoral work, a qualitative empirical study on property and land use law in Ontario, at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017. Her doctoral studies were supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Graduate Scholarship and the Mary Jane Mossman Feminist Legal Studies Scholarship.

Professor Van Wagner is currently involved in a project examining government consultation with Maori under New Zealand mining law. She is also a collaborator on a SSHRC insight grant “Consent & Contract: Authorizing Extraction in Ontario’s Ring of Fire” with Osgoode Professors Dayna N. Scott (Primary Investigator), Andrée Boisselle and Deborah McGregor. She recently participated as a judgment writer in the Feminist Judgments Project Aotearoa, forthcoming in late-2017.

Professor Van Wagner completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in political science, law, and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, Osgoode Hall Law School, and York University in Canada. Following this, she served as a judicial law clerk at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has also worked as a labour and human rights lawyer, as an academic researcher on a number of interdisciplinary projects, and as a political advisor at the local and federal level in Canada.


Graduate Research Supervision (LLM): Professor Van Wagner is interested in supervising graduate students working in the areas of property law, land use planning, and natural resources. She is currently involved in grants examining private forest land and Indigenous land rights in British Columbia, and the consultation of Indigenous communities about mining in both Ontario and Aotearoa New Zealand.