From William Amos, director of the clinic: “A lot of ecojustice cases end up being David vs. Goliath battles; and that’s simply because the clients we serve in small communities and in cities across the country don’t have the funds to hire high-priced lawyers and lots of experts to provide evidence in their cases. The clinic is going to become the world’s first inter-disciplinary public interest environmental law clinic.”
The Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa unites two bodies: the Faculty of Law and Ecojustice, an environmental non-governmental organization that uses the law to hold governments, individuals and corporations accountable to nature and Canadians.
The Clinic teaches 15 students per semester. Students assist in legal education and community outreach, summary legal advice, law reform assistance and submissions to Parliament. This work aims to protect Canada’s environment and students work on files where Ecojustice is representing citizens or non-profit clients in litigation before the courts.