Sébastien Jodoin

Current affiliation:
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Sébastien is Assistant Professor at the McGill's Law Faculty.

Doctoral research

Forests, Norms, and Rights in a Changing Climate: Transnational Legal Processes in the Global REDD+ Readiness Phase

In his doctoral research, Sébastien Jodoin studies the transnational legal processes underlying the development and implementation of a new global finance and policy mechanism that aims to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (known as REDD+). Since 2007, close to 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have sought to operationalize this mechanism at the domestic level through processes of institutional, legal, and policy reform supported by a wide range of multilateral, bilateral, non-governmental, and private sector actors that have contributed material assistance, knowledge, and rules.These transnational efforts have led to the creation, interpretation, and application of legal norms associated with the implementation of REDD+, most notably concerning the legal authority to manage forest carbon stocks, the recognition and protection of the rights of Indigenous and local communities, and the ownership and trading of forest carbon. Through interviews conducted with over 80 actors working on REDD+ around the world, his dissertation provides case studies of the emergence and evolution of legal norms within a variety of multi-lateral, bilateral, and non-governmental REDD+ arrangements and their influence on legal practices in Indonesia and Tanzania.

Sébastien Jodoin was a Trudeau Scholar from 2011 to 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where is a member of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. 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. Sébastien has 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 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. from McGill University. In addition to his Trudeau doctoral scholarship, Sébastien has received numerous awards and honours, including the 2012 Public Scholar Award from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 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.