Each year our Level Campus Chapters focus on an annual human rights theme, mobilizing students across the country and engaging in critical discussions with an eye to promoting awareness and advocacy. These chapters are led by students who strongly believe that championing social justice causes and making positive contributions to their communities can effect lasting change.
With this year's focus on Environmental Justice in Canada, our Chapters took up the cause with a passion, leading panel discussions on topics such as resource extraction, Indigenous water rights and food security. Additionally, our Student Chapters hosted screenings of the documentaries Water Warriors, and Colonization Road, and raised funds to support their activities and Level's mission to disrupt barriers to justice and promote fundamental human rights.
As a culmination of the hard work by the Chapters throughout the year, our Level Student Chapter at the Université de Montréal opened a call for applications to students wishing to have their voice heard through their annual journal, and were overwhelmed with the degree of interest and thoughtful submissions.
Left to Right: Mathilde Romano, Béatrice Eng, Marie-Pier Villeneuve-Leroux, Célia Jutras, Jenna Albanese, Alessia Greco (missing: Valérie McRae)
Students from law schools across the country submitted opinion articles, academic papers and essays on a variety of pressing environmental justice issues, ranging from commentary on carbon taxation, sustainable development, and Indigenous constitutional rights, to an analysis of the right to a healthy environment with potential avenues for future environmental litigation.
Pulling together this exciting resource was no easy feat, and took countless hours of reviewing and editing by our U de M Campus Chapter. We are grateful for the executive team pictured above, especially VP Journal Valérie McRae who undertook a significant workload in finalizing this resource. Finally, thank you to all of the authors who took the time to contribute their engaging critiques and opinions. You rock!
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*Cover Photo by Mariusz Prusaczyk on Unsplash
** Please note that the views, opinions and findings expressed in this journal are those of the respective authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Level or the Université de Montréal's faculty of law.