This course undertakes a detailed examination of relevant legislation and practice with respect to natural resources law in Australia and internationally. The course will deal with the evolution of natural resources law in the light of two emerging international challenges, in the form of the rights of indigenous peoples and climate change initiatives.

The topics covered will include:

  • an examination of the Duty to Consult indigenous people, which is a burgeoning field in many developing countries
  • dealing with legal and policy initiatives to combat climate change
  • mining law in Australia and the international context
  • water law and natural resources industries in Australia with a comparative analysis
  • petroleum Law as it applies in Australia and internationally.

Professor David Percy

Professor David Percy was Dean of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law from 2002 until 2009. His teaching and research interests are in Energy Law, Water law and Contracts. He is co-editor of Contracts: Cases and Commentaries, now in its ninth edition and used at law schools across Canada. He wrote The Framework of Water Rights Legislation in Canada, as well as books on Wetlands and Ground Water. Professor Percy is a former President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.

Professor Percy has received major teaching awards at the national, University and Faculty levels. In 2013, he was awarded the University Cup, the highest honour a U of A academic can receive for research, teaching and service to the University and to the community.

Since 2000, Professor Percy has worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on water law and agriculture in six African countries.

Special Interests: Professor Percy was an international rugby referee and continues to referee rugby in Alberta. He pursues interests in hiking and cross country skiing. He enjoys theatre, music and is an avid movie goer.

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18 - 20, 22 - 24 April 2017


This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course.