Sébastien Jodoin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where he directs the Law, Governance & Society Lab. He is also an Associate Member of the Max Bell School of Public Policy, an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment, a member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and a Faculty Associate of the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University. His research primarily focuses on the relationship between the recognition and protection of human rights and efforts to resolve environmental problems around the world. He is also interested in understanding the policy and governance processes that can lead to effective, efficient, and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. 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 holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies from Yale University, an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, an LL.M. in international law from the London School of Economics, and B.C.L. and LL.B degrees from McGill University. He has studied on exchange at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and has been a visiting doctoral student at the Centre de droit des affaires et du commerce international of the Université de Montréal and the Neotropical Ecology Lab at McGill University. Sébastien has received numerous prizes, 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. He has also served as the 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 has an extensive record of professional and public service engagement. He currently serves on the board of governors of EnJeu (Environnement Jeunesse), an NGO dedicated to educating and empowering youth in relation to environmental issues. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the president of Génération d’idées, a think tank focused on supporting the civic engagement of Quebeckers aged 20 to 35. Prior to his appointment at McGill, he worked for Amnesty International Canada, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and the Canadian Centre for International Justice. He has also served as a consultant for a range of international and non-governmental organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme, the Climate Land Use Alliance, the World Future Council, Equitable Origin, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and the International Development Law Organisation. In addition, Sébastien previously served on the boards of the Compass Legal Clinic, the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement, the Canadian Environmental Network, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law. Lastly, since 2004, he has served as a civil society delegate to international negotiations on climate change, sustainable development, and international criminal law.
Sébastien is married to Sarah Mahoney, a drama teacher and artist, and has one daughter, Camille. Every day, they inspire him to be a better scholar, teacher, and citizen.