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


Law’s relationship with the North Saskatchewan River

February 16, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m

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Law’s relationship with the North Saskatchewan River

In this presentation, Associate Professor Cameron Jefferies of the University of Alberta will critique “sustainable development” as the goal of environmental law and instead present “ecological sustainability” and “intergenerational stewardship” as alternative and preferred perspectives for rethinking the legal relationship with the North Saskatchewan River.

This event is part of the Reimagining Rivers: Rethinking and Reframing Relationship with the Environment webinar series. Legal rights determine how we treat each other and the world around us. For example, various jurisdictions now grant legal rights over aspects of the environment such as rivers. Co-hosted by the Center for Constitutional Studies and the Center for Environmental Law, this webinar series provides an opportunity to learn from expert speakers about the jurisdictional barriers that affect the prosperity of our environment, as well as innovative approaches to rethinking our relationship with it. The series will culminate in a symposium next spring of 2022 where we will explore different conceptions of the North Saskatchewan River: as a legal entity, as an agent, as a relationship.


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