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Will Amos

Bio for William Amos, Director of the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa

Will & Paloma
Will Amos, uOttawa-Ecojustice clinic director, with daughter Paloma Grace

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. 

Areas of focus
  • Arctic
  • Offshore oil & gas
  • Toxic torts/liability
  • Mining
  • 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. 

Office: Ottawa

Other languages: French, Spanish


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