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About Peter

Peter’s practice focuses on energy law, corporate law and the law for charities, non-profits, social enterprises and startups. Peter strives to provide practical, responsive legal solutions informed by a deep understanding of his clients’ needs.

Peter is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. He has received multiple awards for academic achievement, leadership and community service, including: Professor William Tetley Award 2017; Dalhousie Impact Award – Faculty Leadership Award Schulich School of Law; Dalhousie Alumni Distinction Award; and, the G.O. Forsyth Prize. Peter has authored and co-authored multiple academic and industry publications.

Peter has a strong record of environmental leadership and community service. He is the founder and director of the non-profit organization Solar Schools Canada, which assists public schools to develop and fund solar panel installations. Peter founded and led the Carbon Consultancy project, generating $28,500.00 to install a 3.44 kW solar panel system at Dalhousie University in August 2017. He also founded and led the Row the South Shore project in 2013, generating funding and awareness in support of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends, sailing, trail running and reading.


  • Peter L’Esperance, “In the Wake of the Erika: Flag State Responsibility for the International Obligations under the Law of the Sea” in Ocean Yearbook 30, eds, Aldo Chircop, Scott Coffen-Smout and Moira L McConnell (Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2016) 505-540.
  • Aldo Chircop & Peter L’Esperance, “Functional Interactions and Maritime Regulation: The Mutual Accommodation of Offshore Wind Farms and International Navigation and Shipping” in Ocean Yearbook 30, eds, Aldo Chircop, Scott Coffen-Smout and Moira L McConnell (Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2016) 439–487.
  • Author Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi, Contributors: Wylie Spicer Q.C. & Peter L’Esperance, Antonio Rodriguez & Jake Rodriguez, Marine Pollution Control (Abingdon, UK: Informa Law from Routledge, 2018) (forthcoming)


  • J.D., Dalhousie University (2016)
  • B.A. (Economics and Italian Studies), Dalhousie University (2013)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (2017)


  • English
  • French (Working Proficiency)
  • Italian (Working Proficiency)