The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is an externally funded, non-profit society that operates Canada’s largest public interest environmental law clinic in partnership with the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. The ELC has two primary objectives:
To provide legal capacity to community organizations, First Nations and individuals to improve environmental health; and
To train the next generation of public interest environmental lawyers.
Our Vision Statement
The ELC envisions a British Columbia where local communities, environmental groups, and First Nations have the legal tools and resources to advocate effectively for the restoration, conservation, and protection of this province’s unique and diverse environment.
The ELC aims to foster the health of British Columbia’s environment by working to:
- Inspire and educate students by providing hands-on advocacy experience and direct exposure to the challenges and rewards of public interest environmental law;
- Engage and collaborate with local communities, environmental groups, and First Nations through the provision of timely legal information and effective pro bono legal representation;
- Advocate for reforms to environmental laws through thoughtful, scientifically sound, and pragmatic legislative proposals;
- Strengthen access to justice by producing high-quality legal research, and through participation in administrative and court proceedings.