David Percy, QC, MA (Oxford), LLM (Virginia)

Professor, Faculty of Law


Professor, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-5537
479 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Professor David Percy, QC, was Interim Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2019 to 2020 and Dean of Law from 2002 to 2009. His teaching and research interests are in energy law, water law and contracts. He is co-editor of Contracts: Cases and Commentaries, now in its ninth edition and used at law schools across Canada. He wrote The Framework of Water Rights Legislation in Canada, as well as books on wetlands and groundwater.

Percy is a former president of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. He has received major teaching awards at the national, university and Faculty levels. In 2013, he was awarded the University Cup, the highest honour a University of Alberta academic can receive for research, teaching and service to the university and to the community.

Since 2000, he has worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on water law and agriculture in six African countries.

Among his special Interests: he was an international rugby referee and continues to referee rugby in Alberta. He pursues hiking and cross-country skiing, enjoys theatre and music and is an avid movie-goer.

  • Borden Ladner Gervais Chair of Energy Law and Policy
  • Walter Allocation Law
  • Tradable Water Rights
  • Protection of Instream Flows in Water Allocation Statutes
  • Aquaculture Law
  • Energ Law and Policy
  • Climate Change


LAW 410B - Contracts

A discussion of the prerequisites to the creation of contractual obligation: offer and acceptance, intention and certainty, consideration, the requirements of writing and capacity. The effect of misrepresentations and terms of the contract, together with the problems of exclusion clauses and of standard form contracts. Questions of discharge from contractual obligation on the grounds of mistake, undue influence, duress, unconscionable transactions and frustration. Remedies for breach of contract.

Winter Term 2021
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.

Fall Term 2021
LAW 553 - Water Law

The law and policy relating to the allocation of the right to consume water, with a focus on Western Canada, and the maintenance of water quality. The issue of water scarcity in an era of climate change and its ramifications in Canada and the world. Indigenous water rights and the protections of aquatic resources. Jurisdiction over water and the role of the federal government in water management. Water in International Law in North America and the world, with a focus on the law applicable to International Rivers.

Winter Term 2021 Fall Term 2021

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