Neil Craik

Professor & Director of SEED (Interim)
Neil Craik

Contact Information
519-888-4567, ext. 43278
EV3 4217
Website: Neil Craik's Website

Neil Craik is a Professor at the University of Waterloo with appointments to the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law. His research interests are in climate and geoengineering law and governance, deep seabed mining regulation and environmental impact assessment.

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 201 – Introduction to Canadian Environmental Law
  • ENVS 401 – Aboriginal Law and Natural Resource Development
  • ENBUS 408 – Best Practises in Regulation
  • GGOV/SUSM 660 – Public International Law

Selected Publications

Recent Books

  • (2018). Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law, (Cambridge University Press), (Co-editor with C. Jefferies, S. Seck and T. Stephens)

Recent Articles

  • (2021) “The Duty to Cooperate in International Environmental Law: Constraining State Discretion Through Due Respect” Yearbook of International Environmental Law 2020
  • (2020) “The Duty to Cooperate in the Customary Law of Environmental Impact Assessment” International and Comparative Law Quarterly, v.69, 239-259.
  • (2019) “Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement”, 49 Environmental Law Reporter 11113.
  • (2019). “Liability for Environmental Harm from Deep Seabed Mining: Towards a Hybrid Approach” Ocean Yearbook, v.33, 315-338.
  • (2020). “Implementing Adaptive Management in Deep Seabed Mining: Legal and Institutional Challenges” Marine Policy, v.114,


  • 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