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About Sara L. Seck

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.

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 consider how lessons from this research as well as insights from feminist and relational theorists might inform approaches to environmental and climate justice.


Present Faculty Member, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Curriculum Vitae




2017 Natural Resource Extraction and the Rights of Women and Girls
Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada (Connection Grant)
Colleague(s): Penelope Simons
2015 International Law Summer Institute
Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada (Connection Grant)
Colleague(s): Neil Craik
2009 A Critical Analysis of the Home State Duty to Protect
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (Research Grant)
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Member, Board of Directors, ECELAW
2017 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association
2017 - Present Director North America, Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment
2014 - Present Member, Governance Committee, Columbia University Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum
2014 - Present Member of the Board, International Law Association, Canadian Branch
2014 - 2018 Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL)
2015 - 2017 Member, Advisory Group, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability
2012 Member, Program Committee, 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law: Confronting Complexity
2000 Member, Ontario Bar
Member, Editorial Board, Business and Human Rights Journal (Cambridge U Press)
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Honors and Awards

  • University Student’s Council, Teaching Honour Roll, Western University (for 2016-2017)
  • Emerging Scholarship Award, Academy of Environmental Law, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (September 2015)
  • Senior Fellow, International Law Research Program, Centre International Governance Innovation, Waterloo (appointed May 2015)
  • University Student’s Council, Teaching Honour Roll, Western University (for 2014-2015)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2001-2004)
  • Harley D. Hallett Graduate Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2001)
  • Patricia Julia Myhal Scholarship for excellence in legal writing (Aeq), Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (1999)
  • Tory, Tory Deslauriers & Binnington Prize in Conflicts of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (1999)


MMus, University of Ottawa
LLB, University of Toronto
PhD, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


Edited Books and Special Issues (2)

Book Contributions (15)

Articles (25)