Environmental Law

Course Research Guide: Environmental Law


Environmental law is heavily regulated in Canada and is governed by myriad federal and provincial legislation. Researchers in this area should take particular care to ensure they have not overlooked any pertinent legislation, both statutory and regulatory.

Subject Headings

To find materials on environmental law, consult the Library catalogue under the following subject headings:

Environmental law – Canada
Environmental law – Canada Provinces
Liability for environmental damages – Canada
Pollution Law and legislation –  Canada
Sustainable development  – Law and legislation

Consolidated Laws and Annotations


Numbers ending in STL are in the short term loan collection at the circulation desk.


  • Jamie Benidickson, Environmental Law,3d ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2009).
  • Elaine L. Hughes, Alastair R. Lucas & William A. Tilleman, Environmental Law and Policy,3d ed. (Toronto: E. Montgomery Publications, 2003).

Additional general works

  • Bruce Pardy, Environmental Law: A Guide to Concepts (Toronto: Butterworths, 1996).
  • Stanley David Berger & Dianne Saxe, Key Developments in Environmental Law (Aurora, Ont.: Canada Law Book, 2009).
  • William A. Tilleman, ed., The Dictionary of Environmental Law and Science (Toronto: E. Montgomery Publications, 1994).
  • Paul C. Wilson, ed., Canadian Environmental Law Guide(Vancouver: STP Specialty Technical Publishers, Inc., 1996-).

Environmental Offenses

  • Stanley David Berger, The Prosecution and Defense of Environmental Offenses (Toronto : Emond Montgomery Publications, [1994]-2009).

Policy & Regulation

  • David R Boyd, Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003).
  • Elizabeth Brubaker, Greener Pasture : Decentralizing the Regulation of Agricultural Pollution (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007).
  • Maureen Carter-Whitney, Environmental regulation in Canada (Markham, Ont.: LexisNexis Canada, 2008).


  • Philippe Cullet et al., eds., Water Law for the Twenty-First Century: National and International Aspects of Water Law Reform in India (New York: Routledge, 2010).
  • Joseph W. Dellapenna & Joyeeta Gupta, The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water (Dordrecht: Springer, 2009).
  • Developmental Law Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Sources of International Water Law (Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1998).
  • Douglas Fisher, The Law and Governance of Water Resources: The Challenge of Sustainability (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2009).
  • Owen McIntyre, Environmental protection of international watercourses under international law (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007).
  • KZ3700 .M38 STACKS
  • Ludwik A. Teclaff & Albert E. Utton, eds., International Groundwater Law (New York: Oceana Publications, 1981).
  • Aaron T. Wolf & United Nations Environment Programme, eds., Atlas of International Freshwater Agreements (Nairobi, Kenya: UNEP, 2002).

Topical Law Reports

  • Canadian Environmental Law Reports Rpts. Can. D38 C34 (also available on Westlaw Canada)

Legal Encyclopedias

Both the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (C.E.D.) and Halsbury’s Laws of Canada are available in print on main floor of the library, Row 19. Both are also available electronically: the C.E.D. on Westlaw Canada and Halsbury’s on LexisNexis Quicklaw. Encyclopedias are useful places to begin your research as they provide a broad overview of topics.

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

Dig./Can./A2/C42 LAW v.1-53 - main floor of library, Row 19 (also available on Westlaw Canada)

      • Title 54, Volume 23: Environmental Law

Halsbury’s Laws of Canada

Dig./Can./A2/C46 LAW - main floor of library, Row 19 (also available on LexisNexis/ Quicklaw)

        • Title: Environment


Canadian Abridgment

Dig./Can./A2/A26 LAW - main floor of library, Row 19 (also available on Westlaw Canada)

    • Volume 31: Environmental Law

Canada Digest

Only available on (LexisNexis/Quicklaw)

  • Canada Environmental Law Digest
  • Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal Decisions (through LexisNexis/Quicklaw)


  • The McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy : JSDLP
    (Full text through U of T Library Resources - from Hein) from v. 1 (2005)
    Bora Laskin Law Library Call Number: K13 .A2338 from v.1
  • Intervenor: The Newsletter of the Canadian Environmental Law Association
    K9 .N84976 from v.11
  • Journal of Environmental Law and Practice
    Westlaw Canada JELP-CAN from v.7, (1997)
    Bora Laskin Law Library Call Number: K10 .O86873 from v.1

Internet Resources

Current Awareness