Thomas Burelli

Thomas Burelli

University of Ottawa

Reality or Fiction? The Use of Pervasive Games in Higher Education

Thomas Burelli is a professor in law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He specialized in environmental Law, legal anthropology, and in intellectual property. His general research interests lie at the intersection of cultural property, traditional knowledge, biotechnology, biodiversity, intellectual property, ethics, and decolonization.

He is particularly interested by the relationships between researchers and Indigenous communities in projects involving the access and use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Thomas has conducted several field missions in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and French Guyana and was associated in 2010 to the draft of the bill on the protection of Indigenous intangible heritage in New Caledonia.

With Alexandre Lillo, 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.