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Posted September 28 , 2010

Professor Jamie Benidickson recognized for outstanding contributions to environmental law

OTTAWA — Professor Jamie Benidickson, from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, was awarded the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law’s 2010 Senior Scholarship Prize during the organization’s annual colloquium in Ghent, Belgium, on September 14th.

Under the leadership of the Academy’s Research Committee, the peer-nomination process for the Prize takes place in the early part of the year. To assess the extensive slate of nominees in 2010 the Academy used the following criteria:

• The originality, intellectual influence and international significance of their scholarly work
• Their enhancement of research collaboration among scholars and other persons from different institutions and regions
• Their advancement of the aims of the IUCN Academy.

Jamie Benidickson teaches Canadian and international environmental law, water law, sustainable development law and legal history. His publications in these areas include Environmental Law 3d (Irwin Law, 2009) and The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage (UBC Press, 2007). He was short-listed in 2008 for the Harold Adams Innis Prize.

Professor Benidickson has been actively involved in the public policy process through his work with a number of royal commissions and inquiries, including the Royal Commission on Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada and the Walkerton Inquiry. He has also held several administrative positions with professional and academic organizations and served from 2004-2008 as director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

As one of the founding directors of the Academy, Professor Benidickson expressed his deep appreciation, during his acceptance speech, to the many scholars and institutions that have helped build the IUCN Academy over the past six years. The Academy, whose secretariat is at the University of Ottawa, leads a wide-ranging research, teaching and capacity-building program, including scholarly conferences in many regions around the world.

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is a worldwide network of more than 130 universities and institutions that teach and pursue research in environmental law. Launched in 2003 with the support of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the Academy supports the development of environmental law and policy on a global scale. The Academy is under the direction of a governing board whose members come from around the world.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.

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