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Western names new fellow

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 @ 2:16 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Elizabeth Steyn is joining Western University’s faculty of law as the Cassels Brock fellow in mining and finance law.

Elizabeth Steyn

Elizabeth Steyn, Western University’s faculty of law 

Her responsibilities will include leading the faculty’s interdisciplinary sustainable development curriculum, including the global sustainability certification and the graduate diploma in mining law, finance and sustainability.

Steyn has been studying at the University of Montreal as a doctoral candidate, focusing on the intersection of Indigenous sacred sites and natural resource development projects. She has also served as the program co-ordinator of the Chinese Judges Training Project.

Originally from South Africa, Steyn is fluent in five languages, and was admitted as an advocate to the High Court of South Africa in 1994, practising in the natural resources and energy law fields.

Recently, Steyn spent four months as the visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, department of law and anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany.

“Elizabeth is a terrific addition to our mining law and sustainability program,” said Western law dean Erika Chamberlain.

“She’s a talented academic who also brings a breadth of practical experience to her work. We are delighted that she will be joining us.”

Her appointment takes place on May 1, 2018, and will run through June 2020.