SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Legality and the Construction of Nature in International Law Relating to Climate Change
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Sarah is a doctoral candidate and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar. Her research considers how legal practices construct representations of nature in international climate change law, taking into account science, politics, technologies and ethics. She argues that legal concepts of nature, such as 'common areas' and '1.5°C', embed and distribute benefits and burdens among peoples, and affect the material world. Sarah is also researching lawyering practices in international climate change law. Her interests broadly include international law, international relations, climate and environmental law, and practice theories.  

Sarah teaches Climate Change Law (2015-2017) and Environmental Law (2018) at Osgoode Hall Law School. She also directs a legal theory reading group at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Before returning to academia, she practiced international and domestic law reform, and was a judicial law clerk at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

In spring 2019, Sarah will be a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School's Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law.

Master of Laws, McGill University Faculty of Law & School of Environment
Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Bachelor of Arts, McGill University & Université Paris-Sorbonne
Awards and Distinctions
Scholar, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
New Voices Panellist, American Society for International Law
Centre for International Governance Innovation Scholarship (offered)
Transnational Environmental Law Scholarship Prize, Cambridge Journals
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Award, SSHRC
Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Professional Affiliations
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Member, Truth and Reconciliation Committee, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Visting Scholar, Melbourne Law School
Member, World Commission on Environmental Law, IUCN
Research Lawyer & Project Head, Law Commission of Ontario (2013-2016)
Project Officer, International Development Law Organization (2011-2013)
Selected Publications

On Being Companions and Strangers: Lawyers and the Production of International Climate Law (under review)

Contributing author, Oxford International Organizations (Jean d'Aspremont, Catherine Brölmann and Iain Scobbie eds) (under review)

Professional Practice in International Climate Change Law (2018) 112 ASIL Proceedings (forthcoming)

Why Ottawa Should Step Away from Trans Mountain (August 29, 2018) Policy Options (with Profs. Catriona Sandilands and Catherine Potvin)

Book Review: International Climate Change Law by D. Bodansky, J. Brunnée and L. Rajamani. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (2018) 94:4 International Affairs 940

Why Trump's Climate Change Move Is Not a Kyoto Redux (June 6, 2017) Policy Options

A Socio-Legal Analysis of the Role of Differentiation in the Transnational Legal Process for REDD+ (2016) 5:2 Transnational Environmental Law 255 (with Prof. Sébastien Jodoin)

When the Rules Don’t Apply: Consumer Social Responsibility (2012) 56 Supreme Court Law Review 407

Research Interests
Aboriginal Law
Critical Legal Theory
Environmental Law
Indigenous Legal Traditions
International Law
Legal Theory
Committee Members
Steven Bernstein, Associate Chair and Graduate Director Department of Political Science, Co-Director Environmental Governance Lab Munk School of Global Affairs