M.Phil. (University of Cambridge)
LL.M. (London School of Economics)
LL.B., B.C.L. (McGill University).
Sébastien Jodoin is currently completing a PhD in environmental studies (law and public policy) at Yale University, for which he holds a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. He is also a member of the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale, the founding director of the One Justice Project, and a Lead Counsel with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. Sébastien’s research seeks to understand law in the context of its relationship with processes of policy change, new and evolving forms of governance, and the manifold forces associated with globalization. His fields of interest include law and public policy, transnational and comparative law, human rights, environmental law and governance, international trade and economic integration, and corporate accountability and governance. In 2012, Sébastien received the Annual Public Scholar Award from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for conducting research “that engages and betters the world at large.”
Sébastien maintains an active set of professional and public service engagements related to his academic activities. He serves as the Lead Counsel for Governance, Institutions & Accountability with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, for which he has led research, capacity-building, and technical assistance projects focusing on legal empowerment, human rights, and sustainable development in Canada, Asia, and Africa. He has served as a consultant for numerous organisations including the United Nations, the World Future Council, the Climate Land Use Alliance, Equitable Origins, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and the International Development Law Organisation, and has participated in international negotiations on climate change, sustainable development, forest governance, human rights, and international criminal justice. In addition, He is the founding director of the One Justice Project, which seeks the recognition, investigation, and prosecution of serious and deliberate forms of economic, social, and environmental harm as crimes under domestic and international law. Lastly, he currently serves on the boards of the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law.
Sébastien has significant and varied legal experience in Canada and abroad. 2010 to 2012, Sébastien served as the inaugural fellow of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) and established its continuing legal education programming. As part of his work with CCIJ, he also served on Amnesty International’s Working Group on International Justice, providing advice and assistance on its activities in international criminal justice in Canada and abroad, including by serving on its delegations to international negotiations on the International Criminal Court. From 2009 to 2010, Sébastien completed his articling at the Canadian branch of Amnesty International, where he worked on legal challenges and interventions before the Supreme Courts of Canada and the United States, the Federal Court of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Military Police Complaints Commission. From 2006 to 2009, Sébastien served as an Associate Legal Officer in Trial Chamber III of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and in the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he drafted a number of landmark judgements and decisions in cases involving genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Sébastien holds degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University, a master’s in law from the London School of Economics, and a master’s in international relations from the University of Cambridge. 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 is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. 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 Trudeau Foundation, a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada, a Public Interest Law Articling Fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario, a John Humphrey Fellowship in Human Rights from the Canadian Council on International Law, and a Fellowship in International Criminal Law from the International Bar Association.
Originally from Montréal, Sébastien has lived in six countries on three continents and travelled to over 30 countries since 2004. He is married to Sarah Mahoney and has one daughter.