The Lawyer in the Regulatory Process

  • C. Kemm Yates
Keywords: Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This paper considers the role of the lawyer in the regulatory process with particular reference to the National Energy Board and the Alberta Energy Resources Conserva tion Board. The current function of lawyers as counsel to participants and to tribunals and as tribunal members is examined. Weaknesses in the current role are identified, arising from such matters as the use of extrinsic evidence and political influences upon tribunals. The paper concludes with suggestions for regulatory reform.