Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and the Environment
New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Canada H3A 1W9
sebastien.jodoin-pilon [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Assistant Professor Sébastien Jodoin holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Human Rights and the Environment, and directs the Law, Governance & Society Lab. He is also a member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment, and a Faculty Associate of the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University.
His research focuses on legal and policy solutions to complex environmental and social problems that cut across multiple fields and levels of governance. His areas of interest include sustainable development, transnational law, public policy, environmental law and governance, climate change, human rights, disability, social innovation, and socio-legal research.
Sébastien currently serves as a principal investigator for research grants awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds québécois de recherche société et culture.
Sébastien holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies from Yale University, an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge, an LLM in international law from the London School of Economics, and a BCL & LLB from McGill University.
Sébastien recently served as the president of Génération d’idées, a think tank focused on the interests and participation of Quebeckers aged 20 to 35. Prior to his appointment at McGill University, he worked for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the Canadian Centre for International Justice, Amnesty International Canada, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
Sébastien has received numerous awards and honours, including the Transnational Environmental Law Fifth Anniversary Issue Prize, the 2012 Public Scholar Award from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, a Doctoral Scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada, and a Public Interest Law Articling Fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario. Sébastien currently serves as the Principal Investigator for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on the role of human rights in transnational climate change law and advocacy.
- Yale University – PhD in Environmental Studies, 2015
- University of Cambridge – MPhil in International Relations, 2009
- London School of Economics – LLM, 2006
- McGill University, Faculty of Law – BCL/LLB, 2005
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Human Rights and the Environment, October 2019 - September 2024
- McGill University, Faculty of Law – Assistant Professor, 2014-present
- Centre for International Sustainable Development Law – Fellow/Lead Counsel, 2005-2014
- Canadian Centre for International Justice – Fellow, 2010-2012
- Amnesty International Canada – Articling Student, 2009-2010
- United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia – Legal Researcher/Associate Legal Officer, 2006-2009
Areas of Interest
Sustainable development, transnational law, public policy, environmental law and governance, climate change, human rights, disability, social innovation, and socio-legal research.
- Sébastien Duyck, Sébastien Jodoin, Alyssa Johl, Eds. Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance (Routledge 2018).
- Sébastien Jodoin, Forest Preservation in a Changing Climate: REDD+ and Indigenous and Community Rights in Indonesia and Tanzania (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017) (open-access electronic version available here) (link to publisher's website).
- Sébastien Jodoin & Sarah Mason-Case, “What Difference Does CBDR Make? A Socio-Legal Analysis of the Role of Differentiation in the Transnational Legal Process for REDD+” (2016) 5(2) Transnational Environmental Law 255-284 (link to article on journal’s website).
For a complete and updated list of publications, visit: www.sjodoin.ca/publications