Sébastien Jodoin

PhD Candidate, Trudeau Scholar & SSHRC Doctoral Fellow

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Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511



M.Phil. (University of Cambridge)
LL.M. (London School of Economics)
LL.B., B.C.L. (McGill University).


Sébastien Jodoin is a PhD candidate in environmental studies at Yale University and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University and currently serves as the President of Génération d’idées. His research seeks to understand law in the context of its relationship with processes of policy and social change, new and evolving forms of public and private governance, and the manifold forces associated with globalization. His areas of interest include transnational and comparative law, environmental law and regulation, corporate law and governance, international trade and economic integration, human rights, transnational criminal law, and socio-legal theory and methods.

Sébastien has an extensive record of professional engagements related to his academic interests. Prior to his appointment at McGill University, he worked for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the Canadian Centre for International Justice, Amnesty International Canada, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.He has also served as a consultant for a range of international and non-governmental organisations, including the United Nations, 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.
Sébastien is currently completing a PhD in environmental studies (law and public policy) at Yale University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada andholds a master’s in international relations from the University of Cambridge, a master’s in law from the London School of Economics, and degrees in common law and civil law 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, 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 has travelled to over 30 countries since 2004. He is married to Sarah Mahoney, an English teacher and theatre practitioner, and has one daughter, Camille. Every day, they inspire him to be a better scholar, teacher, and citizen.