Sara Seck

Associate Professor of Law; Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law; Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute

Phone: 902-494-7715
Mailing Address: 
Room 416, 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 Bay Street business law firm. After completing a PhD in law at Osgoode Hall Law School, I joined Western University in 2007, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. I joined the Schulich School of Law in July 2017 where I am a member of MELAW and the Business Law faculty.


  • LAWS 2104: Environmental Law I
  • LAWS 2153: Business & Environment
  • LAWS 2005: Private international Law

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 stateduties and business responsibilities in the extractive industries context. More recently, I consider how lessons from this research as well as insights from feminist and relational theorists might inform approaches to environmental and climate 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
  • 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)