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
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.
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