Ramani Nadarajah, Counsel

Areas of expertise: Prosecutions, administrative hearings, contaminated site liability, land use planning, SLAPPs (Strategic Law Suits Against Public Participation), environmental approvals.


Ramani Nadarajah joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) as legal counsel in 1994. She is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Environmental Law. She received her LL.B. (1989) and her LL.M. (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School

Ramani represents clients before administrative tribunals and the courts on a broad range of public interest environmental cases. She has appeared before all levels of Ontario courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. Ramani was also co-counsel for five hundred local residents at the Walkerton Inquiry.

Prior to joining CELA, Ramani was counsel with the Ministry of the Environment, where she represented the provincial Crown in environmental prosecutions and appeals.

Ramani has served on multiple government advisory bodies, including those dealing with environmental penalties, contaminated sites, environmental approvals, and air standards. She has also testified before Standing Committees of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Canadian House of Commons.

Ramani is co-editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports and has published articles in Canadian and international law journals. She has taught environmental law at the LL.M. Program in Administrative Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Since 2014, Ramani has supervised law students at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic. She speaks regularly at legal conferences, law schools, universities, and public interest organizations.