Program Director

François Tanguay-Renaud

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Eligible for

Public emergencies and disasters affect the legal advice you provide and how you provide it. Get prepared.

Recent domestic and international public emergencies have created unprecedented and thorny legal issues across many different areas of law. More and more legal professionals across all areas of practice are being forced to seek and provide guidance in situations where there is little certainty, but quick and decisive action is required.

This unique OsgoodePD program is designed specifically for legal professionals in private practice, in-house or in government who want to develop an expertise in the emerging area of “emergency law”. You will learn how to address the legal issues arising from emergency conditions, disasters and converging crises in our increasingly volatile and uncertain world.

This one-of-a-kind program will give you the knowledge, tools and strategies you need to get “emergency ready” from a legal standpoint.

In a world in which the frequency of major emergencies and disasters are likely to keep increasing, make sure you have the legal knowledge and skills to respond and pivot effectively.  Register now to secure your spot.

What You’ll Learn

It’s an applied, deep dive into:

Emergency powers

Constraints on those powers

The impact of emergencies in areas of law including contract, employment and torts

You’ll also get practical insights into government decision-making in public emergencies, disasters and other crises, including guidance on how to access information.

Choose to attend one or all modules:

  • Module 1 – Crises and the Law: Frameworks for Identification and Response
  • Module 2 – Emergency Legislation and Regulation in Canada
  • Module 3 – Emergency Management and the Public Law Framework:   The Impact of Constitutional, Administrative and International Law
  • Module 4 – Private Law Tools for Emergency Response
  • Module 5 – Current and Evolving Issues in The Law of Emergencies: Government Relations, Crisis Advising and Recent Developments

Who Should Attend

Lawyers from all areas of practice

Government lawyers, policy advisors and officials (federal, provincial and municipal)

In-house counsel

Emergency and disaster management professionals

Jodie Al-Mqbali

Specialist, Legal & Risk Services, The Ottawa Hospital

“I really enjoyed the broad perspectives both in subject matter and vision from the various instructors and participants. I learned a lot about the different kinds of emergencies we may confront, and I understand now the unifying threads that run through our responses to these diverse kinds of emergencies.”


Program Director

François Tanguay-Renaud

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Advisory Board

Saptarishi Bandopadhyay

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Adam Goldenberg

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Jennifer King

Gowling WLG LLP

Ewa Krajewska

Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP

John MacLean

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal and Constitutional Law Division, Nunavut Department of Justice

David Matyas

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Daniel Sheppard

Goldblatt Partners LLP

Brendan van Niejenhuis

Stockwoods LLP


View the 2023 program brochure and agenda.

Eric Tessier

Legal Counsel

“An area of law that is too often overlooked. Legal professionals finally have training that gives them real credentials and makes Emergency Law a viable area of practice. Excellent program!”

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Registration for this program is now closed.

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$3,295 + TAX


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Certificate Requirements

To receive an Osgoode Certificate, you must complete all program modules, and successfully complete an online assessment within 30 days of the last module. 

CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
Contact us for inquiries about other provinces.
Substantive24h 30m
Professionalism2h 30m
EDI1h 45m
Total28h 45m
Substantive (Module 1 Only)5h 30 m
Total (Module 1 Only)5h 30m
Substantive (Module 2 Only)4h 45m
EDI (Module 2 Only)1h
Total (Module 2 Only)5h 45m
Substantive (Module 3 Only)5h 15m
EDI (Module 3 Only)45m
Total (Module 3 Only)6h
Substantive (Module 4 Only)5h 15m
Professionalism (Module 4 Only)30m
Total (Module 4 Only)5h 45m
Substantive (Module 5 Only)3h 45m
Professionalism (Module 5 Only)2h
Total (Module 5 Only)5h 45m

Are you reporting hours from a previous date?

View our CPD & Accreditation page to see previously calculated hours for this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Stéphane McRoberts, Program Lawyer

Online Technical Requirements

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