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Professor of Law, Dalhousie University

Professor Doelle specializes in environmental and energy law, with a focus on climate change and environmental assessment processes. He has been involved in the practice of environmental law in Nova Scotia since 1990 and in that capacity served as drafter of the NS Environment Act and as policy advisor on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (1992).

From 2000 to 2006, Professor Doelle was a non-governmental member of the Canadian delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. He continues to follow the negotiations as an official observer. From January to May 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Center of the IUCN in Bonn, Germany. He co-chaired a strategic environmental assessment on tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy from 2007 to 2008, served on the Lower Churchill Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel from 2009 to 2011, and co-chaired a provincial panel on aquaculture from 2013 to 2014.

Professor Doelle has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy law, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision-making. His book projects include “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials” (2013), “Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime” (2012), “The Federal Environmental Assessment Process, a Guide and Critique" (2009), and "From Hot Air to Action: Climate Change, Compliance and the Future of International Environmental Law" (2005).


  • –present
    Professor, Dalhousie University
  • 2019–present
    Chair professor, World Maritime University


  • 2005 
    Dalhousie University, JSD
  • 1992 
    Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM
  • 1989 
    Dalhousie University, LLB
  • 1986 
    Dalhousie University, BSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Insight Grant
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada