Sara Seck

Associate Professor of Law

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


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

Bar admission

  • Ontario, 2000


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.


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.


  • 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)