Students call on the Ontario and federal governments to act on air pollution

Monday, November 18, 2019

Today, November 18th, is the Student Law Clinic Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. We are a student working group at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and, on this day, we call on our provincial and federal governments to take meaningful action to curb emissions in Ontario. The harmful consequences of air pollution are widespread and government inaction only exacerbates them.

Graham Fellow Maria Banda writes "Why should trees have legal rights? It’s second nature"

Monday, June 4, 2018

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Graham Fellow Maria Banda explores the international trend towards giving legal rights to nature ("Why should trees have legal rights? It’s second nature," June 1, 2018).

Read the full commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.

Why should trees have legal rights? It’s second nature

By Maria Banda

June 1, 2018

Prof. Jutta Brunnée honoured by American Society of International Law for new book on International Climate Change Law

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

International Climate Change LawProfessor Jutta Brunnée, Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, has won a prestigious 2018 American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit for her new book International Climate Change Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) co-authored with Professors Daniel Bodansky (Arizona State University) and Lavanya Rajamani (Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi).  The ASIL book awards committee pra

Prof. Jutta Brunnée elected to the Institut de Droit International

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Professor Jutta Brunnee

Renowned public international, and environmental law scholar, Prof. Jutta Brunnée, Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, was elected to the prestigious Institut de Droit International (Institute of International Law) in recognition of her outstanding work in this field.

Law in the Age of Trump - Panel Discussion - Watch the webcast

Monday, February 6, 2017

On Feb. 6, 2017, the Faculty of Law gathered Professors Lisa Austin, Jutta Brunnée, Anver Emon, Audrey Macklin and David Schneiderman to discuss some key legal questions arising from the new Trump presidency, including immigration, climate treaties, and conflict of interest.

Prof. Stephen Toope appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

Monday, October 10, 2016

Stephen ToopeProfessor Stephen Toope, Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law, has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. The Vice-Chancellor is the full-time, resident head of the University and its most senior academic officer.

Sarah Mason-Case

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Commoning the International: Nature and the Making of International Climate Change Law
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Sarah is a Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a Fulbright visitor at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy. She previously visited Melbourne Law School. In winter 2021, she is teaching Critical Race Theory and the Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. 

Sarah's thesis traces international law relating to climate change to the end of the Cold War when Third World lawyers and statesmen sought to address the novel problem by matching a representation of the natural world (as a global commons) with their aspirations to found a new international order that might achieve racial, political, cultural and economic justice. She explores the intricate ways in which law developed, focusing on its promise of progress and its reproduction of power disparities.

Sarah is an Assistant Editor at the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. She was previously a Special Advisor to the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity. She taught as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2014-2019. 

Her recent publications include 'Thoughts of Liberation' in Canadian Art (with Nataleah Hunter-Young), which puts 10 Black women poets, scholars, artists and activists in conversation. Her chapter, 'Redressing Historical Responsibility for the Precarities of Climate Change in the Present' (with Julia Dehm) undertakes an immanent critique of international law to argue that climate change is tied to broader histories of dispossession and, as such, full repair for this problem demands radical change through 'reparations' for states in the Global South, the poor, and Black, Indigenous and other marginalized peoples in settler colonial states. Another recent paper, 'On Being Companions and Strangers: Lawyers and the Production of International Climate Law', was published in the Leiden Journal of International Law.

For the future, Sarah is aiming to develop research connected to history, justice, legal theories, race, reparations, the natural world, law reform, art, and international and domestic law. 

Doctor of Juridical Science, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (expected 2021)
Master of Laws, McGill University Faculty of Law and School of Environment
Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy, Art History, World Religions), McGill University and l'Université Paris-Sorbonne
Awards and Distinctions
Fulbright Award
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
New Voices Scholar, American Society for International Law
Transnational Environmental Law Scholarship Prize, Cambridge University Press
Scholars Workshop, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
JA Bombardier Doctoral Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Professional Affiliations
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Truth and Reconciliation Committee, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Assistant Editor, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy
Special Advisor, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity (2019-2020)
Visiting Academic, Melbourne Law School (2019)
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2014-2019)
Counsel, Law Commission of Ontario (2013-2016)
Project Officer, International Development Law Organization, Rome (2011-2013)
Equity Advisory Group, Law Society of Ontario (2009-2011)
Board of Governors, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (2009-2011)
Associate Lawyer, Koskie Minsky (2008-2010)
Judicial Law Clerk, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (2007-2008)
Research Interests
Aboriginal Law
Administrative Law
Critical Legal Theory
Environmental Law
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Indigenous Legal Traditions
International Law
Legal Ethics
Legal History
Legal Theory
Committee Members
Steven Bernstein, Associate Chair and Graduate Director Department of Political Science