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
Aug 15, 2014 09:15 AM
Chevron and Imperial Oil have asked the National Energy Board to remove a long-standing safety requirement that protects the Arctic and its species from a catastrophic oil spill. Read more.
Aug 15, 2014 07:19 AM
Request for Review and Ruling on Equivalent Approach to Satisfy Same Season Relief Well Policy for the Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited Beaufort Sea Exploration Joint Venture Drilling Program. Read more.
Jun 03, 2014 12:50 PM
Attention University of Ottawa science students. Now is your chance to develop the skills needed to succeed in the public and private sector. Learn how you can enroll in the Ecojustice Environmental Science and Law Clinic course (SCI4100). Read more.
May 06, 2014 12:00 AM
Toxic chemicals, pollution, unclean water. What you touch, breathe, eat and drink affects your well-being. Kaitlyn Mitchell explains why Ecojustice focuses on people and health. Read more.
Apr 22, 2014 11:27 AM
We’re representing WWF-Canada at regulatory hearings to ensure that potential environmental risks are addressed before energy companies receive licences to drill for oil in Canada’s Arctic. Read more.