Marine & Environmental Legislation Institute Appointments – Schulich College of Regulation

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Marine & Environmental Regulation Institute Appointments



MELAW Director Sara Seck and Associate Director Sara Ross (Provided Photos)

MELAW Director Sara Seck and Associate Director Sara Ross (Furnished Photos)

The Schulich School of Law is happy to announce the appointments of Associate Professor Sara Seck as the Director of the Maritime & Environmental Legislation Institute (MELAW) and Assistant Professor Sara Ross as the Affiliate Director.

The Institute is a world centre of excellence for analysis, instruction and outreach in oceans and surroundings legislation and policy, and the Maritime & Environmental Law Application (MELP) presents some of the world’s most extensive class offerings taught by faculty whose foremost-edge investigation and scholarship are widely cited internationally.

Sara Seck, Director 

Associate Professor Seck moved into the posture of MELAW Director on July 1, 2023, a job held for the earlier four several years by Professor David VanderZwaag, Canada Exploration Chair in Ocean Law and Governance (Tier 1). He was also the Associate Director of MELAW from 2016-2019.

As Director, Seck will organize lectures and workshops, retain and create worldwide and area investigate networks and collaborations, and help the investigate and consultancy pursuits of MELAW users. The Director also supports student collaborations at the Schulich Faculty of Regulation by the Environmental Regulation Students’ Society (ELSS) and the East Coast Environmental Legislation Affiliation (ECELAW), a non-governmental firm focused to environmental legislation schooling and advocacy. In addition to scholarly research and publication things to do, school associates supervise a huge selection of graduate pupils who are MELAW investigate fellows. With the aid of investigation associates, faculty associates carry out investigate projects and supply advisory solutions to agencies of the United Nations and regional organizations as perfectly as aiding authorities departments and non-governmental corporations in Canada and internationally.

“It is a genuine honour to be appointed Director of MELAW,” suggests Seck. “I look ahead to operating with school, college students and associates as we carry on to evolve the investigate and educating mission of the Institute in trying to find options to urgent issues of environmental and oceans regulation and governance.”

Seck joined Schulich Legislation in 2017, soon after 10 a long time on the school of an Ontario legislation university, starting to be a member of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute and the Business enterprise Law school. Appointed as the Yogis & Keddy Chair in Human Legal rights Regulation in 2021, her study focuses on the partnership involving global human rights law, surroundings, and business enterprise law, with focus to the legal rights of area and Indigenous communities, intersectional gender justice, and world wide south perspectives on sustainable advancement. Since becoming a member of MELAW her research has more and more built-in consideration to the maritime atmosphere, together with at the weather oceans nexus. She turned a co-editor of the Ocean Yearbook in 2021, and is co-lead of the Dalhousie governance theme of the Qanittaq Clear Arctic Delivery Initiative with Professor Aldo Chircop.

Sara Ross, Associate Director

Assistant Professor Ross took on the position of Affiliate Director on July 1, 2023, a purpose earlier held by Associate Professor Phillip Saunders for the past 4 years. He was also the Director of MELAW from 2016-2019.

In the Associate Director role, Ross will oversee the MELP application, in which college students have a distinctive opportunity to discover about general public and private regulation apply in maritime (which includes transport) and environmental regulation taught from domestic and international views. Students wishing to focus in these fields have the option of obtaining a certificate of specialization in either Marine Law or Environmental Regulation, or both, even though completing the 3-year JD diploma.

“I began my lawful career as a possibility administration and organization development intern at a main maritime delivery corporation as I was finishing legislation school and it was throughout this expertise that I very first uncovered of MELAW from just one of my colleagues,” suggests Ross. “I am thrilled to see my early legal vocation appear comprehensive circle, the two in terms of helping maritime and environmental law pupils and bolstering the presence of maritime law education and learning and analysis in this article at Schulich Law.”

Ross is also serving as the Performing Associate Dean of Study for the 2023 drop expression. She was named a person of the “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers” in Canada in 2021 by Canadian Attorney journal and received the “Rising Stars: Main Lawyers Less than 40” award from Lexpert magazine. Ross is now the co-Editor-in-Main of the Canadian Lawful Schooling Annual Evaluation and Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Law Academics. In 2022 she was the Specific Nationwide Rapporteur for “The Justiciability of Financial, Social and Cultural Legal rights in Common Law and Civil Legislation Canada” for the Global Academy of Comparative Legislation. A attorney member of the Ontario bar, amongst her six university levels she holds both a civil legislation and typical legislation diploma from the McGill College of Legislation in which she was the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal, accomplished a certification in arbitration, and a Important in Commercial Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Upon getting her PhD from Osgoode Hall Regulation Faculty, Ross went on to hold SSHRC, Killam, and Banting postdoctoral fellowships break up among Allard Legislation and the Schulich College of Legislation. Broadly, her investigate investigates the mechanics of marginalization within area contexts by means of the lens of lawful anthropology interactions among transnational lawful frameworks and regional legislation culturally sustainable towns, equality, and (re)growth processes and cultural property and heritage legislation.

Be part of us in congratulating these users of our Schulich Legislation group as they embark on their new appointments. 

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