Sébastien Jodoin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where he directs the Law, Governance & Sustainability Lab. He is 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 focuses on legal and policy solutions to complex problems that occur at the intersections of the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability at the local, national, transnational, and international levels. His areas of interest include transnational law, public policy, environmental law and governance, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, corporate governance and social responsibility, social innovation, and socio-legal research. He is currently the principal investigator for an insight development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada on the role of human rights in climate advocacy and a start-up research grant from the Fonds québécois de recherche société et culture on transnational pathways of policy reform in the field of REDD+.
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 awards and honours, including 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 has an extensive record of professional engagements related to his academic interests. He recently 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 University, 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 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.
Originally from Montréal, Sébastien has lived in six countries on three continents and has traveled to over 30 countries since 2004. He is married to Sarah Mahoney, a drama teacher and theatre practitioner, and has one daughter, Camille. Every day, they inspire him to be a better scholar, teacher, and citizen.