The University of Ottawa’s Forum on Water Law and Governance

Le Forum de l’Université d’Ottawa sur le droit et la gouvernance de l’eau

Our Mission ​

The University of Ottawa’s Forum on Water and Law and Governance is a national multistakeholder initiative whose mission is to foster dialogue, and facilitate the mobilization and dissemination of knowledge on critical water issues from coast to coast to coast.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow

A delegation of experts from the University of Ottawa, representing the CQDE, is attending 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

An interdisciplinary team of three researchers, Dr. Thomas Burelli, Dr. Alexandre Lillo and Dr. Lauren Touchant, from the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability, the Centre on Governance, and the Public Law Centre, will participate in COP26 as observers for the Centre Québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE).

During their stay, our three experts will participate in the activities organized at the conference and its side events. They will focus on Canadian and Quebec climate policies as well as community, local, and regional issues.

In addition, as part of the University of Ottawa’s Forum on Water Law and Governance, they will also explore issues related to freshwater in the context of climate change. On that topic, Dr. Lauren Touchant will present in a panel about water governance in the context of the upcoming Canada Water Agency. This event will be held on November 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm (GMT), and broadcasted live on the official COP26 YouTube channel. 

Our experts will communicate live the current events related to the negotiations and the themes explored during the conference, on social media. Twitter: @Prof_Bubu@Lillaw @CELGS @LaurenTouchant @waterlawgov


Research Streams

This project is articulated around four research axes

Canada Water Law and Governance

- Canada Water Agency
- Integrated and Watershed Governance

Multilevel governance

- Infrastructure and Smart cities
- Collaborative governance (policy networks)
- Policy instruments

Community-based initiatives

- Public participation and Citizens’ engagement
- Public opinion and social movements
- Not-for-profit and non-Governmental governance

International and global issues

- Regional and international governance (climate change, environment, disaster management, coastal adaptation against sea level rise, arctic waters, etc.)
- International perspective on water governance

Past Events

Local and Community Based Water Governance

June 2022

With a focus on social science and law, this event will explore the diversity of issues, challenges, and dynamics of local water governance.

Multi-Level Governance Issues in Freshwater Protection, Management, and Law

October 2021

  •  Water infrastructure in cities and municipalities
  •  An overview of local governance and its actors
  •  The role of the provinces and territories

Conference - "An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Future Canada Water Agency"

March 2021

The University of Ottawa’s Forum on Water Law and Governance is part of the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, generously endowed by a $5 million gift from distinguished alumnus Alex Trebek.

The University of Ottawa recognizes that its campus is located on the ancestral territory of the Algonquin Nation.

The University of Ottawa recognizes and celebrates the legacy of the Algonquin territory and strives to build meaningful relationships with neighbouring Algonquin communities and with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada. The University has created the new University Research Chair Nibi miinawaa aki inaakonigewin: Indigenous governance in relationship with land and water. The Chair is held by award-winning Professor Aimée Craft.