Bio for William Amos, Director of the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa
Director of the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa William Amos believes that Canadian law must be enhanced to ensure that polluters, not taxpayers, pay the full environmental costs of their activities.
- Offshore oil & gas
- Toxic torts/liability
- Environmental human rights
- Public trust
- Trade and environment (WTO/NAFTA)
- Species at risk
- Water, Quebec and federal law
Since 2007, William has taught Canada’s next generation of environmental leaders how to research, prepare and present evidence that will protect the clean air, land and water that sustains Canadians.
His most recent legal work took him to the Supreme Court, where he helped Friends of the Earth argue that taxpayers should not cover the environmental cleanup costs for insolvent companies. He is a leading authority on the public interest aspects of offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Will is licensed to practice law in Ontario and Quebec and is a member of the Barreau du Quebec Environmental Law committee. Before Ecojustice, he practiced law at a large Montreal firm and with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Will lives in Chelsea, Quebec, with his wife, two children and their German Shepherds. He dreams of opening a law office in the stern of his canoe and, one day, of being elected to public office.
Other languages: French, Spanish
Apr 09, 2014 08:20 AM
Ecojustice lawyers are representing three residents of Harrietsfield, Nova Scotia, in their fight to protect their drinking water from contamination. Read more.
Feb 11, 2014 05:50 AM
Simplify your Hansard research with EnviroHansard.ca — a free website that focuses on parliamentary discussions about the environment so you can spend less time researching and more time protecting Canada's environment. Read more.
Feb 04, 2014 11:50 AM
An illustrated guide to the climate change and energy issues Ecojustice is monitoring or working on in 2014, including pipelines, arctic offshore drilling and the oilsands, plus our vision for a more sustainable future. Read more.
Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Ecojustice lawyers are representing environmental groups in a legal action challenging the federal government's decision to approve the manufacture of genetically modified salmon in Canada. Read more.
Environmental groups take federal government to court for permitting manufacture of genetically modified salmon in CanadaMedia Release | Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Media release announcing our clients' genetically modified salmon litigation. Read more.