Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada


This is the first and only legal textbook that surveys key legal issues common to the regulation of all resource sectors in Canada. It provides overviews of all major public land uses and their legal regulation. The focus is on public, not private land. The book provides an historical overview and covers modern influences on resource policy including sustainable development, globalization, resource scarcity, and climate change. It looks at Crown ownership, Aboriginal rights, federalism, land use planning, dispositions, conflict resolution, expropriation, and other key legal and policy issues. It includes discussion of the future of the field in light of issues such as climate change and population growth. This book is a valuable resource for law students, lawyers, and those in the various resource industries.

Table of Contents


Part One: General Chapters
Chapter 1: Public Lands and Natural Resources: Early History
Chapter 2: Public Lands and Natural Resources: Confederation and Onwards
Chapter 3: Sources of Jurisdiction and Control
Chapter 4: Public Ownership
Chapter 5: Public Lands and Resources Management: The Policy Backdrop
Chapter 6: Public Lands and Resources Planning and Management: Policies, Tools, and Legislation
Chapter 7: Dispositions of Public Resources and Interests in Public Lands
Chapter 8: Project-specific Regulation of Resource Users
Chapter 9: Resource Use Conflicts
Chapter 10: The Future of Public Lands and Natural Resources Law

Part Two: Case Study
Chapter 11: A Case Study in Resource Management: Energy on Public Lands

Part Three: Sectoral Overviews
Chapter 12: Fisheries Sector Overview
Chapter 13: Parks Sector Overview
Chapter 14: Wildlife Sector Overview
Chapter 15: Heritage Sector Overview
Chapter 16: Forestry Sector Overview
Chapter 17: Water Sector Overview
Chapter 18: Mining Sector Overview

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