Sara Seck is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective May 2015. She will research and author a CIGI policy brief on the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change. Her work also explores related developments under instruments such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as intersections with the UNFCCC process, and the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
Sara joined the Faculty of Law at Western University as an assistant professor in July 2007, and was promoted to associate professor in 2013. 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 (TWAIL) 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.
Sara is a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Due Diligence in International Law, and the Study Group on Business and Human Rights. She is 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.
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.