Alex Lillo

Alex Lillo

University of Ottawa

Reality or Fiction? The Use of Pervasive Games in Graduate School

Alex Lillo is a PhD candidate and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He is also acting as the assistant director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa. His research interests revolve around water law, environmental governance, agri-food policy and legal pedagogy.

His doctoral thesis focuses on building a legal framework toward a Canada-wide water strategy. Recent research projects were interested with territorial governance and environmental law, wetlands conservation and sustainable agriculture, as well as the rights of nature.

In collaboration with Thomas Burelli, he is the co-author of the website “Learning in Progress” (, a platform dedicated to the game-based learning activities they have co-created since 2016. Among other things, it includes tools, materials and guidelines relating to several simulations of international environmental law on various topics (climate change, water conservation, forest protection, biodiversity conservation). More recently, Alex Lillo and Thomas Burelli have organized the first game jam in law at the University of Ottawa and created pervasive games in two environmental law class.