Cameron Jefferies, BSc, LLB, LLM, SJD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law


Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-9059
467 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Cameron S.G. Jefferies, B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D., is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where he specializes in international and domestic environmental law and energy law. He currently teaches Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Basic Oil and Gas Law, and Oceans Law and Policy. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 2010. He completed his graduate degrees at the University of Virginia, School of Law, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Before entering academia, Cameron practiced at Field LLP in Edmonton, Alberta, and worked as a Research Associate at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. He has published several book chapters and articles in Canadian and U.S. law journals, including the Energy Law Journal and the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. He is the author of Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea (OUP, 2016), co-author ofTort Law, 6thed. (Carswell, 2017), and co-editor of Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Environmental Law (CUP, 2018). He has been an invited speaker to a number of national and international conferences. In addition to his academic and professional curiosity in environmental law, oceans law, and wildlife conservation, Dr. Jefferies maintains a keen interest in public interest advocacy and remains active in promoting local environmental law reform.

  • International Environmental Law
  • Oceans & Law Of The Sea
  • Climate Change
  • Animal Law


  • "N. Craik, C. Jefferies, S. Seck & T. Stephens, eds, Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • L.N. Klar & C.S.G. Jefferies, Tort Law, 6th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2017)
  • C.S.G. Jefferies, Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • C. Jefferies, “Environmental Law, Socio-Ecological Resilience and Climate Change” in M. Stewart-Harawira & J. Kinder, eds, Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities (Edmonton: Intersections of Sustainability, 2018) at 108-133
  • C. Jefferies, “Institutional Expertise: Reconsidering the Role of Scientific Experts in the International Conservation and Management of Cetaceans” in H. Cullen, J. Harrington & C. Renshaw, eds, Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • C. Jefferies, “Justice in an Unconventional World: First Nations’ Treaty Rights and Procedural Climate Justice in Alberta’s Oil Sands Region” in R. Abate, ed., Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (Washington, DC: Environmental Law Institute Press, 2016)
  • C. Jefferies & E. Hughes, “International Environmental Law” in Canadian Environmental Law, 3rd ed. (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2016)
  • C. Jefferies, “Filling the Gaps in Canada’s Climate Change Strategy: ‘All Litigation, All the Time…?’” (2015) 39 Fordham Journal of International Law 1
  • C. Jefferies & E. Kaplinsky, “Municipal Governance and Innovative Shark Conservation Efforts: Problems and Prospects” in P. Sankoff, V. Black & K. Sykes, eds., Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014)
  • K. Dick & C. Jefferies, “Food for Thought: Effecting Shark Conservation through Marine Protected Areas and Enhanced Collaboration with International Organizations” (2013) 24 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 224
  • C. Jefferies, “Unconventional Bridges Over Troubled Waters—Lessons to be Learned from the Canadian Oil Sands as the United States Moves to Develop the Natural Gas of the Marcellus Shale Play” (2012) 33:1 Energy Law Journal 75
  • C. Jefferies, “Think Globally, Act Locally: How Domestic American Efforts to Reduce Shark Finning May Accomplish what the International Community Has Not” (2012) 34:1 Hawai’i Law Review 125
  • M. Rosborough & C. Jefferies, “Part I: (Mis)Application of Section 43 of the Criminal Code post-Canadian Foundation: Lingering Concerns and a Proposed Solution” (2012) 59:2-3 The Criminal Law Quarterly 362
  • M. Rosborough & C. Jefferies, “Part II: (Mis)Application of Section 43 of the Criminal Code post-Canadian Foundation: Lingering Concerns and a Proposed Solution” (2012) 59:2-3 The Criminal Law Quarterly 388
  • C. Jefferies, “Sharks and the Culinary Clash of Culture and Conservation: Why are we Not Considering the Health Consequences of Shark Consumption” (2012) 20:3 Health Law Review 33
  • C. Jefferies, “An Emerging Pacific Initiative to Ban Shark Finning and Limit the Consumption of Shark Fin Soup: The Case for Canadian Participation” (2011) 22 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 255
  • C. Jefferies, “The Ethical Obstacles of Environmental Law: Assessing the Need to Effectively Incorporate an Environmental Ethic into the Practice of Environmental Law” (2010) 20 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 61
  • C. Jefferies, “Assessing a Public Health Justification for Reducing Whale Consumption in Northern Canada” (2009) 18:1 Health Law Review 12
  • C. Jefferies, “Strange Bedfellows or Reluctant Allies?: Assessing Whether Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Should Serve as Official Monitors of Whaling for the International Whaling Commission” (2009) 26 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 75
  • C. Jefferies, “R. v. Gemtec Ltd.: Advancing Environmental Consultant’s Liability in Canada” (2008) 18 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 313"


LAW 543 - Basic Oil and Gas Law

The origin, occurrence, and production of oil and gas; the nature of interests in oil and gas; the acquisition and disposition of interests in oil and gas; the rights and duties of parties under oil and gas leases; pooling of oil and gas interests; acquisition of surface leases and pipeline easements.

Winter Term 2021
LAW 559 - Environmental Law and Policy

Canadian laws and policies designed to control air, land, and water pollution, including licensing systems, the use of quasi-criminal sanctions, environmental impact assessment processes, constitutional issues, and the usefulness of the common law. Other topics may include alternative legal approaches, such as economic incentives, wildlife protection, environmental rights, parks, the public trust doctrine or environmental mediation.

Fall Term 2020
LAW 593 - International Environmental Law

The development of international law in the environmental area. Topics to be covered include: customary principles of state responsibility; multilateral environmental treaties; global atmospheric issues; toxic contamination; sustainable development; biodiversity conservation; and international trade implications. It is recommended, but not required, that students enrolled in this course take Public International Law.

Winter Term 2021
LAW 599 - Seminars on Specialized Legal Topics

These seminars will cover specialized topics of emerging importance in the law at a senior level. The particular topic covered would vary dependent on the availability of Faculty with necessary teaching competence, student interest, and the needs of the legal profession. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.

Fall Term 2020

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