Evan Fox-Decent and Sébastien Jodoin named Canada Research Chairs

Professors Evan Fox-Decent and Sébastien Jodoin. Photos by Lysanne Larose.
Published: 29 June 2020

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce that two of its scholars have been named Canada Research Chairs. Professor Evan Fox-Decent has been named the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Cosmopolitan Law and Justice, and Professor Sébastien Jodoin has been named the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Human Rights and the Environment.

Professor Fox-Decent, an expert in legal theory, public law, and international law, has been teaching at the Faculty of Law since 2005 and was promoted to full professor in 2017. He is a member of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. Through his research, Professor Fox-Decent is working to develop an original framework for thinking about the way states can best meet their local and global responsibilities. His research combines ideas from fiduciary law – the private law that governs the exercise of discretionary power over vulnerable persons – with public-law notions relating to the state’s use of public powers. Professor Fox-Decent’s work has made him the pioneer of public fiduciary law.

Professor Jodoin is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, where he has taught since 2014. He is the director of the Law, Governance & Society Lab and a member of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Professor Jodoin’s research focuses on the unexplored synergies and tensions between the recognition and protection of human rights and the field of transnational environmental governance. In seeking to develop a rights-based approach to climate adaptation, his research will explain the role and significance of human rights for characterizing transboundary environmental risks and harms, and consider how to respond to these risks and harms.

“We’re thrilled to see Evan’s and Sébastien’s exciting research recognized and supported by these appointments,” said Dean Robert Leckey. “These appointments further solidify McGill Law’s status as a top-tier research institution where scholars apply their expertise to the some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

About Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is part of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Find out more about the program.

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