Marine & Environmental Law Institute
Location: Schulich School of Law
  6061 University Avenue
  PO Box 15000
  Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone: 902 494-1988
Fax: 902 494-1316

The Institute, which is housed in the Schulich School of Law, carries out teaching, research capacity-building and consultancy activities and also directs the MELP academic specialization. MELAW provides a specialization in marine and/or environmental law to JD students. In addition to their scholarly research and publication activities, MELAW faculty, associates and staff carry out research projects and provide advisory services to agencies of the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations, and regional organizations as well as assisting government departments, private sector institutions and non-governmental organizations in Canada and overseas.

The Marine & Environmental Law Institute is home to the editorial office of the Ocean Yearbook and the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice (JELP). The Ocean Yearbook is a major international interdisciplinary annual, devoted to ocean affairs, published in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute in Malta. Dalhousie law students have the chance to gain experience working as research assistants on the Institute‚Äôs research projects and workshops, and assisting with editing the Ocean Yearbook. JELP is the leading environmental law journal for practitioners and academics in Canada.

MELAW supports student collaboration in addressing environmental issues through the Environmental Law Students' Society and the East Coast Environmental Law Association, a non-governmental organization dedicated to environmental law education and advocacy. MELAW encourages interdisciplinary collaborations within the Dalhousie community including the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES), the College of Sustainability, the Marine Affairs Program (MAP), the International Development Studies (IDS) Program, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) led by the Department of Oceanography and the recently established Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE). MELAW also promotes national collaborations, for example, through the Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN). International linkages include among others, the Australian-Canadian Ocean Research Network, the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law as well as numerous sister institutions in Australia, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South America and the United States.