Estair Van Wagner

Lecturer School of Law

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BA, JD Osgoode, MES York


Estair teaches both core and elective courses, including property law and resource management. Her research interests include resource management, natural resource decision-making, environmental governance, property law and theory, health law, feminist legal theory, and Indigenous law and the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Estair joined the faculty in July 2015. She completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in political science, law, and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, Osgoode Hall Law School, and York University in Canada. Following this, Estair served as a judicial law clerk at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has also worked as a labour and human rights lawyer, as an academic researcher on a number of interdisciplinary projects, and as a political advisor at the local and federal level in Canada. Estair is currently nearing completion of her doctoral work, focusing on property and land use law, at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her doctoral studies were supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Mary Jane Mossman Feminist Legal Studies Scholarship. While at Osgoode, Estair served as adjunct faculty and as a legal research instructor. Her current research is centred on her dissertation, a qualitative empirical study on the role of participation in land use and environmental decision-making.

Her publications include: contributions to edited books on public health and on reproductive technologies; articles in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, Medical Law International, Environment and Planning A, and Plan Canada; and a prize winning article in the Revue général de droit

Research interests

Estair’s academic interests include the relationship between property law and land use decision-making, public participation in land use decisions, critical theoretical perspectives on property law and theory, feminist and Indigenous legal theory, Indigenous rights, and environmental health.

Selection of publications

Van, Wagner, E. (2013). Putting Property in its Place: Relational Theory, Environmental Rights and Land Use Planning. Revue général de droit 43, 271-311

Van Wagner, E. (2008). Equal choice, equal benefit: gendered disability and the regulation of assisted human reproduction in Canada. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 20(2), 231-261

Van Wagner, E. (2008). The practice of biosecurity in Canada: public health legal preparedness and Toronto's SARS crisis. Environment and Planning A, 40(7), 1647

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