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Christopher Campbell-Duruflé

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International Law
University of Toronto

    Christopher Campbell-Duruflé is a researcher and an attorney specialised in international environmental and human rights law. He holds a joint bachelor's in civil and common law from McGill University (2009) and a master's in international human rights law from the University of Notre Dame (2014). Christopher is currently doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Jutta Brunnée and an associate fellow at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law. He was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.

    Christopher's doctoral research will contribute to the development of international law by providing a critical analysis of the innovative mechanisms aimed at decarbonizing the global economy that have emerged through years of international negotiations. In December 2015, Christopher was officially accredited an observer to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2016, he has engaged in the climate negotiations as a member of the official delegation of Burkina Faso.

    Christopher was co-chair of the University of Toronto's Responsible Investment Committee, which advises the university's administration on the consideration of extra-financial risks in its investment policies. He has contributed to briefs presented to the Government of Canada on its Sustainable Development Strategy, to the Quebec National Assembly on the topics of homelessness and the freedom of religion of public sector workers, and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

    In 2013-2014, Christopher interned with the Geneva office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and was a fellow attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Washington, DC. He also participated in the hearings of the case of Nadège Dorzema et al. v. Dominican Republic before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as attorney for the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights based at Université du Québec à Montréal. Christopher has worked for Lawyers Without Borders Canada in Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and Colombia, where he founded [Caminos de compromiso] (Engaged Destinies). This web platform presents life-story interviews with Colombian human rights defenders to honour their courage. His own story was included in the Human Rights Defenders gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.