College of Law

Research Area(s)

  • Property law
  • Animal health
  • Wildlife law
  • Environmental law

Professional Education

  • LLM (Arkansas)
  • LLB (Saskatchewan)
  • BA (Guelph)


Professor Farnese is an associate professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan where she teaches property, agriculture and wildlife law. Her current research involves the regulation of responses to the zoonotic disease threats, animal health policy and wetland policy. In particular, she is interested in the role land-use regulations can play in health promotion and the ethical questions that arise when conservation and human rights collide.  

Professor Farnese completed graduate work at the University of Arkansas in Agricultural Law. Prior to her graduate work, Professor Farnese clerked with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and was admitted to the bar in 2002. She is past vice-chair of the Practitioner’s Staff Appeals Tribunal for Saskatchewan and currently serves as the senior grievance officer for the University of Saskatchewan's Faculty Association. She is also a trustee of the CAUT Defense Fund In 2018, Patricia Farnese was appointed to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal

Publications and Research Work

Inaction on Rising Water Levels in the Quill Lakes Receives International Attention

Patricia L. Farnese, An Ethic of Enough: Ownership as an Ethical Choice (2019) Journal of Law Property and Society Property L. & Society (forthcoming)

Patricia L. Farnese, “Canadian Soil Law” in H. Ginzky, ed. International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy, Vol. III (Springer Publishers, 2018). (Peer Reviewed).

Patricia L. Farnese, The Challenge of Discretion in Environmental Regulation: A Wetlands Case Study. In Proceedings from II Congreso Interamericano sobre el Estado de Derecho Ambiental, (Washington, DC: Organization of American States, 2018).

Patricia L. Farnese, The Challenge of Regulating Prions: How the Regulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants Can Provide a Framework for Preventing the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (2018) 81:2 Saskatchewan Law  Review 187

Patricia L. Farnese, Will Nonhuman Rights Decrease Human Vulnerability to Zoonotic Diseases?, (2015) 18:3 Journal of International Wildlife Law and  Policy, 199.

John Kleefeld and Patricia L. Farnese, Incorporating a Creative Component in First-Year Law, (2015) 6:2 Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1.

Patricia L. Farnese, Analysis of Landowner Liability Arising from the Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse (2014). Prepared for Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan.

Patricia L. Farnese, The Prevention Imperative: International Health and Environmental Governance Responses to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, Transnational Environmental Law (February 2014)

Patricia L. Farnese, Searching for Wildlife: A Critique of Canada’s Regulatory Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, (2014) 39(2) Queen’s Law Journal (forthcoming in Spring, 2014)

Pirate or Prophet? Monsanto Canada Inc. v Schmeiser in B. Ziff et al. (eds.), Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context (Toronto: Irwin Law, October 2012) 

Patricia L. Farnese and Barbara von Tigerstrom, A Survey of Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Legislation for Exotic Animals  (2012).  Prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada

Patricia L. Farnese, 2011. Review of Donald H. Layh, A Legacy of Protection: The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act: History, Commentary & Case Law, in CBA Saskatchewan Branch, Bar Notes Vol. XXVI , No. 3 (Spring 2011).

"Canadian Food Law Update." (2011) 7(1) Journal of Food Law & Policy 169.

“Remembering the Farmer in the Agricultural Policy and Obesity Debate.” (2010) 65(2) Food & Drug L.J. 391. (refereed)

John D. Stefaniuk and “Saskatchewan Climate Change Law,” in Dennis E. Mahoney, ed. The Law of Climate Change in Canada. (Toronto, Canada Law Book, 2010).

Canadian Agri-Environmental Principles (2010). Prepared for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

“Canadian Food Law Update.” (2009) 5(2) J. Food L & Policy 273. (refereed)

Patricia L. Farnese and Barbara von Tigerstrom, Report on the Legal Framework for Animal Health in Canada (2008). Prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

“Canadian Food Law Update.” (2008) 4(2) J. Food L & Policy 313. (refereed)

“Tracking Liability – Traceability and the Farmer.” (2007) 45 Alta. L.Rev. 203. (refereed)

Barriers to the Emergence of a Native Seed Industry in Saskatchewan (2007). Prepared for Saskatchewan Environment.

“Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Agriculture,” in Floor Brouwer and Bruce McCarl, eds. Agriculture and Climate Beyond 2050: A New Perspective on Future Land Use Patterns. (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2006).

Murray Fulton, Patricia Farnese, Bob McGregor, Marie Boehm and Alfons Weersink, “Institutional transformative change in biosphere greenhouse gas management in Northern Great Plains agriculture,” in Floor Brouwer and Bruce McCarl, eds. Agriculture and Climate Beyond 2050: A New Perspective on Future Land Use Patterns. (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2006).

On-farm Implications of Traceability Initiatives in the Canadian Agri-food Sector: A Guide for Farmers and their Legal Representatives. (2006). Prepared for the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

Craig A. Zawada and A Producer’s Guide to Risk Management and Due Diligence. (2006). Prepared for the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

“Wetlands in Agricultural Landscapes: A Legal and Policy Context.” 3 Law, Science and Policy (2006) 33. (refereed)

“Future Directions for Canadian Wetland Policy,” Water News, Issue 2 (Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Water Resources Association, October 2005).

“Patently Unreasonable: Reconsidering Patentee Responsibility in Today’s Inventive Climate.” 6 Tul. J. Tech. & I.P. (2004)2. (refereed)

“Crop Insurers Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies,” Agricultural Law Update, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Ames, Iowa: American Agricultural Law Association, March 2003).

“Non-profit Organization Lacks Standing to Challenge Classification and Use of Downed Animals,” Agricultural Law Update, Vol. 19, No. 11 (Ames, Iowa: American Agricultural Law Association, October 2002).

“The Constitutionality of Legislating Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in Agriculture.” CSALE Occasional Paper (Saskatoon: CSALE, 1999).

Ongoing Grants/Contracts

Patricia L. Farnese, Achieving Coherence in Canada’s Infectious Disease Policy.  An analysis of the Wildlife, Animal and Human Health Link, $110,008, CIHR Regional Partnership Program (Saskatchewan),  April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2013. (Principal Investigator)

Ryan Brook, Douglas Clark, Paul C. Paquet, James Roth, Patricia L. Farnese, and Philip McLoughlin, Integrating Resource Selection, Movement and Group Size Models to Predict and Communicate Chronic Wasting Disease Risk for Elk with Co-occurring White-tailed Deer, $300,000 NCE, PrioNet Canada, April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012. (co-Investigator)

Courses taught

Property Law
Agricultural Law
Wildlife Law
Academic Success Program