Now that you have finished this section on the Fundamentals of Environmental Law, you should be comfortable:

  • Defining ‘environmental law’
  • Identifying ways that you interact with environmental law on a daily basis
  • Understanding how environmental law derives some influence from international law, the Canadian Constitution, statutes, regulations, and the common law and identifying the differences between each of these sources of law
  • Identifying the levels of Court
  • Identifying some of the common law options available to enforce or encourage environmental law principles
  • Understanding some of the important concepts in environmental law such as the precautionary principle, polluter pays principle, environmental rights, cumulative impact, and the tragedy of the commons.

If you need to, go back and review any of these topics before you move on to the next section on the Canadian Constitution and Environmental Law.




Fundamentals of Environmental Law

Lesson Plan: Fundamentals of Environmental Law
Lesson Plan: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Lesson Plan: Tragedy of the Commons
Lesson Plan: Climate Litigation

Curriculum Connections


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