Sara Seck has been a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program since May 2015. She is researching the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change. Her work also explores related developments under instruments such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as intersections with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the establishment of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Sara joined the Schulich School of Law, and the Marine & Environmental Law Institute at Dalhousie University as an associate professor in July 2017, after serving in the Faculty of Law at Western University since 2007.
Her research interests include corporate social responsibility, international environmental, human rights and sustainable development law, climate change and Indigenous law, with a focus on extractive industries. Sara has a strong interest in international and transnational legal theory, notably the relationship between Third World approaches to international law and international legal process theories that are informed by constructivist understandings of international relations. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, including research focused on the United Nations 2008 Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework, and its 2011 Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
In 2015, Sara was awarded the emerging scholarship award from the Academy of Environmental Law at the International Union for Conservation of Nature for her research contributions on international environmental law and extractive industries.
Sara is a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Business and Human Rights, and a member of the governance committee of Columbia University’s Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum. She is also a founding member of the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal, Cambridge University Press, and deputy director for North America of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. She serves on the boards of the Canadian Council on International Law and the Canadian branch of the International Law Association.
Sara holds a B.Mus. from Memorial University and an M.Mus. from the University of Ottawa. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.