Sarah Morales is Coast Salish and a member of Cowichan Tribes. She holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria and an LL.M. from the University of Arizona and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois. Sarah is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where she teaches torts, Aboriginal law, Indigenous legal traditions and international human rights, with a focus on Indigenous peoples. Her research centres on Indigenous legal traditions, specifically the traditions of the Coast Salish people, Aboriginal law and human rights. She is committed to the recognition and reconciliation of Indigenous legal traditions with the common law and civil law traditions in Canada.
In addition to these academic interests, Sarah has been actively involved with Indigenous nations and non-governmental organizations across Canada through her work in nation building, inherent rights recognition and international human rights law. Her community-based research has resulted in the creation of policies and procedures that are reflective of the laws and legal orders of the communities that utilize them.