The Panel

Meinhard Doelle

Meinhard Doelle, B.Sc., LLB, LLM, JSDMeinhard Doelle, B.Sc., LLB, LLM, JSD, is a Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie University) and Director of Dalhousie University Marine and Environmental Law Institute.

Meinhard has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, a Master of Laws from York University and a Doctor in the Science of Law from Dalhousie University.
Career highlights:

  • Cross-appointment to the College of Sustainability (Sustainability m2000: Humanity in the Natural World).
  • Associate Member, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria.
  • Cross-appointment to Environmental Studies Program, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Solar Nova Scotia.
  • Founding Chair and Board Member, East Coast Environmental Law.
  • Legal Advisor, Legal Response Initiative (offering legal advice to developing countries at the UN climate negotiations (2012 - ).
  • Panel Member, Joint Federal-Provincial Environmental Assessment Review Panel, Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project (2009- 2011).
  • Part time Faculty Member University of Prince Edward Island, University of New Brunswick, Acadia University.
  • Member, Nova Scotia Round Table on Environmental and Sustainable Prosperity (2007-2010).
  • Executive Director, Clean Nova Scotia Foundation (1996-2001).
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society.

Selected publications:

  • (co-author) Environmental Law: Cases and Materials, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Thomson/Carswell, 2013, forthcoming)
  • “CEAA 2012: The End of Federal EA As We Know It?” (2012) 24 J. Environmental Law & Practice 1
  • (co-author) “Using Strategic Environmental Assessments to Guide Oil and Gas Exploration Decisions in the Beaufort Sea: Lessons Learned from Atlantic Canada” (RECIEL, 2013, forthcoming)
  • (co-editor), Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Change Regime, (Cambridge University Press, 2012), (co-author of the introduction and the concluding chapter)
  • The Federal Environmental Assessment Process: A Guide and Critique (Markham, Ont.: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008)


Bill Lahey

William (Bill) Lahey, B.A., B.A., (Juris), LLMWilliam (Bill) Lahey, B.A., B.A., (Juris), LLM, is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Law and School of Health Administration (Dalhousie University) and a member of Dalhousie University Marine and Environmental Law Institute.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts (Rhodes Scholar) from Mount Allison University, Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) from the University of Oxford and Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.
Career highlights:

  • Recipient of two Dalhousie Law School teaching awards and a NovaKnowledge Award for innovative leadership in the development of the knowledge economy in Nova Scotia. 
  • Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour (2004-2007); Assistant Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Health (1998-2001).
  • Founding Chair of the Board of Directors of Efficiency Nova Scotia.
  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. 
  • Chair, Schulich School of Law Appointments Committee (2011-2012).
  • Member, Board of Directors, Clean Nova Scotia Foundation (2007-2010).
  • Significant leadership experience with legislative projects including design, development and implementation of legislation (statutes and/or regulations) governing environmental sustainability and economic prosperity and environmental regulation.
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society.

Selected publications:

  • (With Meinhard Doelle) “Negotiating the Interface of Environmental and Economic Governance: Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act”, (2012) 35(1) Dalhousie L.J., 1-29.
  • The Legislative Framework Governing Access to ‘Insured Health Services’ under the Canada Health Act and the Legislation of the Province of Alberta – A Report to the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry of the Province of Alberta.  (November 30, 2012).
  • (With co-authors) Optimizing the Regulatory Environment for the Nova Scotia Forest Products Sector - Phase I, II, and III Reports. (Halifax, 2010-12)
  • “Law, Governance and the Environmental Economy in Nova Scotia” (2008) 26(4) Society Record, 25.