Sara Seck appointed Senior Fellow to research impact of climate change

June 12, 2015

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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Western Law professor Sara Seck as Senior Fellow with its International Law Research Program, effective immediately.

CIGI is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements.

Seck is an expert in corporate social responsibility; international environmental, human rights and sustainability development law; and transnational legal theory including Third World Approaches. At CIGI, she will research and author a report on the implementation of business responsibility for human rights with regard to climate change.

Her work will also explore related developments under instruments such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as intersections with the UNFCCC process, and the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

“Sara Seck’s research addresses critically important issues related to the intersection of international economic and environmental law,” says Oonagh Fitzgerald, director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

“Her work at CIGI will contribute to raising awareness of international law in the broader graduate studies community through the International Law Summer Institute, and make an important contribution to global discussions on how corporations respond to their responsibilities with respect to climate change. I am pleased that Sara is joining CIGI’s growing roster of experts.”‎

Seck's research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, including research focused on the United Nations 2008 Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework and its 2011 Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. Seck is a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Due Diligence in International Law, and the Study Group on Business and Human Rights. She is a member of the governance committee of Columbia University’s Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum. Seck is also a founding member of the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal, Cambridge University Press.  Seck holds a B.Mus. from Memorial University and an M.Mus. from the University of Ottawa. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

The International Law Research Program at CIGI is a 10-year initiative, jointly funded by CIGI and Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The law program leverages academic, business and governmental perspectives to improve international law for better global governance.

The program strengthens understanding of international law by connecting knowledge, policy and practice. The program focuses on international economic law, international intellectual property law and international environmental law. To learn more about the program, please visit: