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Dr. Jocelyn Stacey


Dr. Jocelyn Stacey is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law. She researches environmental crises and the visible and invisible ways in which law creates, regulates and prevents these events. Her work focuses on disaster law, climate change, emergency powers and the rule of law.  Her first book, The Constitution of the Environmental Emergency (Hart Publishing, 2018) addresses what the rule of law requires in light of our vulnerability to catastrophic environmental harm. As a national expert on emergencies and Canadian law, she served on the Research Council for the Public Order Emergency Commission (2022-2023), which inquired into the first invocation of Canada’s Emergencies Act.


Professor Stacey works closely with Indigenous Peoples on legal issues related to disasters, emergency powers and Indigenous jurisdiction. She has co-authored two major reports with the Tŝilhqot’in Nation on jurisdiction and wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a member of the leadership team at the UBC Centre for Climate Justice, working to build collaborative research partnerships in service of those most impacted by climate change. She is President of the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation, a non-profit society dedicated to training law students and young lawyers in public interest environmental law litigation.