Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program

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The Environmental Justice and Sustainability (EJS) Clinical Program gives Osgoode students an opportunity to explore and use law’s potential to remedy past and present environmental injustices and to promote the transition to a more sustainable Canadian society and economy.  In this full-year, 15-credit program, students work on files chosen for their likely lasting positive impact on environmental justice and sustainability. The sustainability makes it unique among environmental law clinical programs in Canada.  “Environmental justice” mobilizes environmental, civil rights, anti-racist, anti-poverty, indigenous rights and feminist agendas to challenge the unequal distribution of environmental burdens and benefits in society. “Sustainability” Involves the simultaneous pursuit of ecological integrity, social equity and economic prosperity within the biophysical constraints of local and planetary ecosystems.

This dual mandate encompasses a broad range of subject – matter, including biodiversity, energy, water, food, climate change, pollution, resource extraction, land use planning, human rights, green  technology, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, toxic torts, and regulatory compliance.  It also includes a variety of types of legal work, including litigation, law reform, legislative drafting, community legal education and outreach, and business law services that advance sustainable or social enterprise. Clients may include individuals, community groups, public interest non-governmental organizations, First Nations, municipalities, cooperatives, social enterprises and other organizations affected by environmental injustice or interested in advancing sustainability.

Learn more about the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic by visiting their website.