Neil Craik is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo with appointments to the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law. His current research examines the legal structure of global commons regimes. Professor Craik has particular interests in climate and geoengineering law and governance, deep seabed mining regulation and environmental impact assessment. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Co-director of the BSIA/CIGI International Law Summer Institute and from 2011 to 2017, Professor Craik served as the Director of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo.
|Doctor of Juridical Science) SJD||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Master of Laws (LLM)||University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
|Dalhousie University, Canada|
|B.A. (Hons.)||McGill University, Canada|
Academic Professional Awards
- SSHRC, 2017, Insight Grant, “The International Law of the Global Commons: Towards a Global Constitutional Framework”, Principal Investigator
- 2017, CIGI, “Liability for Environmental Harm from Activities in the Area”, Principal Investigator
- 2015, SSHRC, Connection Grant, “CIGI-BSIA International Law Summer Institute”, Applicant
- CIGI, 2013, Collaborative Research Award, “Developing a Geoengineering Research Registry”, Principal Investigator
- SSHRC, 2012, Insight Development Grant, “Governing Geoengineering through Environmental Impact Assessment”, Principal Investigator
- SSHRC, 2012, Insight Development Grant, “Impact and Benefit Agreements as Private Environmental Governance Schemes: Assessing Legitimacy”, co-PI
- 2011, Law Foundation of Ontario, “Impact and Benefit Agreements as Private Environmental Governance Schemes: Assessing Legitimacy”, PI
- Econoving Global Fellow, Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, 2010-11
- SSHRC, 2010 “Designing Integration: Regional Cooperation on Climate Change Governance in North America”, Co-principal investigator (Public Outreach Grant)
- SSHRC, 2008, “Greening the 49th: Transnational Challenges and Innovations in Canada- U.S. Environmental Governance Structures”, Principal Investigator (Standard Research Grant)
- SSHRC, 2006, “International Law and Democratic Theory”, Co-Applicant (International Opportunities Fund)
- 2007 Harrison McCain Foundation Young Scholar Award
(2018). Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law, (Cambridge University Press), (Co-editor with C. Jefferies, S. Seck and T. Stephens)
(2013). Climate Change Policy in North America: Designing Integration in a Regional System, (University of Toronto Press, 2013), (Co-editor with VanNijnatten & Studer), 369 pages
(2011). Public Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 2d (Emond Montgomery, 2011), Co-General Editor and contributor, (with Forcese (Co-General Editor), Bryden, Carver, Haigh, Ratushny and Sullivan), 508 pages
(Co-General Editor), Bryden, Carver, Haigh, Ratushny and Sullivan), 508 pages
(2008). The International Law of Environmental Impact Assessment: Process, Substance and Integration, (Cambridge University Press, 2008), 350 pages (monograph)
(2004). Canadian Municipal and Planning Law – Second Edition (Carswell, 2004), (co-authored with S. M. Makuch, S. Liesk), 273 pages (treatise)
Recent Jounal Articles/Chapters
(2018), “Environmental Assessment: A Comparative Legal Analysis”, in Vinuales and Lees (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
(2018). “Environmental Impact Assessment”, in Kramer and Orlando (eds.): Principles of Environmental Law. Edward Elgar Publishing (part of Encyclopedia of Environmental Law).
(2017). “Biodiversity-inclusive Impact Assessment”, in Razzaque & Morgera (eds): Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law. Edward Elgar Publishing (part of Encyclopedia of Environmental Law), pp. 431-444
(2017). “Indigenous – corporate private governance and legitimacy: Lessons learned from impact and benefit agreements” Resources Policy, v.52, 379-388, (first author, with Gardner and McCarthy).
(2016). “Process and Reconciliation: Integrating the Duty to Consult with Environmental Assessment”, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, v. 53(2), 632-680.
(2016). (with VanNijnatten) “Bundled Transgovernmental Networks: Agency, Autonomy and Regulatory Cooperation in North America”, North Carolina Journal of International Law, v.41, 491-532.
(2015). “Principle 17: Environmental Impact Assessment”, in Vinuales (ed): The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary. Oxford University Press, pp. 451-470.
(2015). “International EIA Law and Geoengineering: Do Emerging Technologies Require Special Rules?”, Climate Law, v.4, 111-141.
(2013). (first author, with Blackstock & Hubert). “Regulating Geoengineering Research Through Domestic Environmental Protection Frameworks: Reflections on the Recent Canadian Ocean Fertilization Case”, Carbon and Climate Law Review 7(2), pp. 117-124
Recent Policy Reports
(2018) Legal Liability for Environmental Harm: Synthesis and Overview, CIGI, Liability Issues for Deep Seabed Mining Series, Paper, No. 1.
(2017). “Developing a National Strategy for Climate Engineering Research in Canada, CIGI Paper No. 150.
(2016). Enforcement and Liability for Environmental Regulation of Deep Seabed Mining, Discussion Paper No. 4, International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica.
(2016) Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement: A Legal and Policy Primer, CIGI Special Report (with Wil Burns).
Doctoral Research with Professor Craik
Dr. Neil Craik accepts doctoral students with interests and background in international environmental law and governance, as well as climate change policy into Ph.D. programs in the Faculty of Environment and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Specific research areas in which Dr. Craik is currently involved include:
Climate Engineering Law and Policy:
Deliberate, large scale interventions in the Earth’s climate as a response to global climate change, are emerging as a significant issue within global and domestic public policy and regulatory arenas. My research in this area examines international and Canadian legal and policy options for assessing and regulating research and possible deployment of climate engineering technologies.
- "International EIA Law and Geoengineering: Do Emerging Technologies Require Special Rules?" Climate Law (2015)
- “Disclosure-based Governance for Climate Engineering Research”, (2014) CIGI Paper No. 50
Environmental Assessment in the Anthropocene:
Science, Politics and Law in a Age of Rapid Environmental Change: My research in this area focuses on international environmental legal processes that seek to account for high levels of scientific uncertainty and deep political and ethical divisions respecting future development pathways. I am particularly interested in the integration of climate change considerations into environmental impact and the role of environmental assessment in structuring sustainable transnational financial interactions.
- “Biodiversity-inclusive Impact Assessment”, in Razzaque and Morgera, eds. Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law, (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, forthcoming)
- “Principle 17: Environmental Impact Assessment” in Jorge Vinuales (ed,) The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary, Oxford Commentaries on International Law (Oxford University Press, 2015) 451-470
The International Law of Environmental Impact Assessment, (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Dr. Craik welcomes inquiries from interested prospective students on these research areas.
Professor Craik supervises both masters and PH.D. students with interests in international environmental law and policy. He is particularly interested in students with research interests related to the governance of the global commons.