Professor Estair Van Wagner receives IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2018 Environmental Law Education Award (Emerging Faculty) in recognition of her important contributions to the field of environmental law education

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Estair Van Wagner

Estair Van Wagner is an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she is a co-director of the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of property, land use planning, and natural resource law. Estair has developed a unique place-based approach to legal education, building on her relational approach to research about land use conflicts and people-place relations. She is a member of the organizing committee for Osgoode’s Anishinaabe law camp, developed in partnership with the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation.

Prior to joining Osgoode, Estair was a lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law, where she taught Property, Natural Resource, and Resource Management Law. Her contribution to legal education at VUW was recognized through a university-wide Teaching and Learning Grant, awarded to support her place-based approach to land use law subjects, including a qualitative study of the role of technology and community-engaged learning in legal education. The results of the study were the subject of a special section of Resource Management Theory and Practice and an article in a special edition of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal.

Estair is currently a co-investigator in a qualitative study examining Indigenous land rights and environmental jurisdiction on private forest land, funded by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. She is also currently involved in research about mining and Indigenous communities in both Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada. Estair reimagined a major climate change decision of the New Zealand Supreme Court as a judgment writer in the 2017 Feminist Judgments Project Aotearoa. She has published widely on the relationship between property, land use planning, and environmental law.