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Ira Reinhart-Smith and Jason MacLean on the potential and limits of climate litigation
Mercredi 02 Décembre 2020 - 04:00pm - Mercredi 02 Décembre 2020 
The last speakers in the Environmental Praxis Lecture Series this fall are Ira Reinhart-Smith and Jason MacLean on the legal and political activism being taken to stop climate change.

The conversation will occur on Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00pm (Atlantic time) by Zoom. All are welcome. Email Tracy at for the Zoom link.

Ira Reinhart-Smith, 16, is one of 15 youth plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Canadian government over climate change. Their legal argument: their rights to life, liberty, security and equality are being violated because the federal government is not doing enough to protect them from climate change. Listen to Ira here:

Jason MacLean is a new addition to the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick. He recently defended his PhD dissertation, Essays on the Law and Politics of Canada’s Climate Policy, at the University of Alberta. Jason received his joint BCL/LLB from McGill in 2006 before clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madame Justice Marie Deschamps. Jason is a staunch supporter of the fight to stop climate change. He is passionate about environmental protection and promoting sustainability. Much of his research focuses on environmental law, natural resources law, climate change and energy policy, and sustainability pathways and co-benefits.

Recommended reading: “Why the youth climate court case failed and what’s next for Canadian climate policy” by Jason MacLean:

This lecture is organized by St. Thomas University's Environmental Praxis course and supported by the NB Media Co-op and RAVEN Rural Action & Voices for the Environment, a research project based at the University of New Brunswick.

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