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Faculty of Law
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B.Sc. (Distinction) Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 2002
LL.B (Distinction) Law, University of Saskatchewan, 2006
LL.M Environmental Law, University of California at Berkeley, 2011
PhD (in progress) Resource Management, University of British Columbia,
Martin joined the Faculty in 2013, following several years of public service in environmental and natural resources law and policy. From 2007 to 2013, he was counsel with the federal Department of Justice, practicing law in the legal services unit at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. During this period, he also spent time on secondment to the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Division at Environment Canada.
Martin holds a B. Sc. (Biology) and an LL.B., both from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LL.M. (specialization in environmental law) from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently pursuing a PhD in resource management at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Following law school, Martin clerked for the Hon. Justice Denis Pelletier of the Federal Court of Appeal (2006).
Martin's primary teaching and research interests are in environmental, natural resources, and water law and policy. He is also interested in the continuous development of related core areas of law, including constitutional, administrative, tort and regulatory law. Martin's articles have been published in various journals, including the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and the Canadian Bar Review. He has appeared as a witness in regulatory hearings (e.g. project reviews), committee hearings of both the House of Commons and the Senate, and as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is currently a member of the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada's advisory council on impact assessment.
Areas of Research
- Martin Olszynski, Nigel Bankes and Andrew Leach. 33(2) J. Env. L. & Prac.. (2020)
- Martin Olszynski, Alana Westwood, Aerin Jacob, Caroline Fox, JW Moore, Wendy Palen and Adam Ford. UBC L. Rev. . (2019)
- Review of Constitutional Studies. (2018)
- Martin Olszynski, Sharon Mascher and Meinhard Doelle. 30:1 Georgetown Env. L. Rev. 1. (2018)
- Martin Olszynski. 50:3 UBC L Rev. (2017)
- Martin Olszynski. 28(1) J. Env. L. Prac. 1. (2015)
- Uncertainty and Multifunctionality: Legal Challenges and Opportunities for Green Infrastructure Policy. (2020)
- Cumulative Effects 2019. (2019)
- JELP7: Back to the Future: Re-Defining Canada’s Environmental Priorities. (2019)
- Martin Olszynski and Dr. Aerin Jacob. Green Regs and Ham. (2018)
In the News
- In my humble opinion, buying a pipeline wasn’t a bad idea. National Observer. (2021)
- Deadline day for inquiry's final report on eco groups and Alberta energy industry. CBC. (2021)
- Alberta ‘undermining’ system meant to ensure oilsands companies pay for cleanup, critics say. The Narwhal. (2021)