David Laidlaw

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Sessional Instructor

Faculty of Law

Research Fellow, Canadian Institute of Resources Law

Faculty of Law


Office: MFH3351A



David K. Laidlaw is a Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Calgary in 1985, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1988, and an LL.M. from the University of Calgary in 2013.

He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1989. After 20 years of private practice in Calgary, David returned to Law School to secure an LL.M. Having practised in Aboriginal law in the early 1990’s his ongoing interest in the area has led him research Canada’s law with respect to Indigenous peoples and its implications for indigenous groups and the public in Alberta and throughout Canada. In addition to Aboriginal law, his research interests include legal history and the philosophy of law.

He has with Monique Passelac-Ross completed an Aboriginal Consultation Handbook (2014), funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. He has recently completed an Updated Handbook (2016), to account for the new Consultation Guidelines (2014) and other recent developments, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation. His ongoing research presentations have been funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, Cenovus Energy Inc., the ATCO Group and several First Nations.