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Sara Seck

Associate Professor of Law

Schulich School of Law , Marine & Environmental Law Institute

Email: Sara.Seck@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7715
Mailing Address: 
Room 414, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Business, Human Rights & Environment
  • International Environmental Law
  • Sustainable Development & Natural Resources Law
  • Climate Justice
  • Private International Law
  • Transnational Law & Legal Pluralism

Education

  • BMus (MUN)
  • MMus (Ottawa)
  • LLB (Toronto)
  • PhD (Osgoode)

Bar admission

  • Ontario, 2000

Bio

I am originally from St. John’s NL, and have a pre-law professional background in music. I studied law in Ontario where I articled with a large Bay Street business law firm. After completing a PhD in law at Osgoode Hall Law School, I joined Western University in 2007 where I taught a variety of courses including Property Law, Environmental Law, and International Law. I also developed a new course exploring the legal dimensions of Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2013 I was promoted to Associate Professor, and joined the Schulich School of Law in July 2017.

Teaching

Areas of supervision: Business, Human Rights & Environment, Sustainable Development & Natural Resources Law, Private International Law, Climate Justice

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the relationship between international human rights law, environment, and business law, with a focus on the rights of local and Indigenous communities, and global south perspectives on sustainable development. I have researched and published extensively on home state duties and business responsibilities in the extractive industries context. More recently, I have begun to consider how lessons from this research might inform approaches to climate justice, and have also begun to assess insights from feminist and relational theory for environmental justice.

Grants

  • 2017: SSHRC Connection Grant, Natural Resource Extraction and the Rights of Women and Girls (with Penelope Simons)
  • 2015: SSHRC Connection Grant, International Law Summer Institute (with Neil Craik)
  • 2009: SSHRC Standard Research Grant, “A Critical Analysis of the Home State Duty to Protect”

Selected awards & honours

  • 2015: Emerging Scholarship Award, Academy of Environmental Law, International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • 2015 - present: Senior Fellow, International Law Research Program, Centre International Governance Innovation
  • 2014-15: University Student’s Council, Teaching Honour Roll, Western University

Selected publications

Service & activity

  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Council on International Law
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian branch, International Law Association
  • Member, Study Group on Business & Human Rights, International Law Association
  • Deputy Director North America, Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment
  • Member, Governance Committee, Columbia University Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum
  • Member, Editorial Board, Business and Human Rights Journal (Cambridge U Press)