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Sarah Mason-Case

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Law and International Relations
University of Toronto

    Sarah Mason-Case is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She is also a Fulbright visiting researcher at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy. She visited Melbourne Law School in spring 2019.

    Since 2015, Sarah has taught Climate Change Law, then Environmental Law, as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. From 2010 to 2016, she specialized in law reform practices at domestic and international levels. At the Law Commission of Ontario, she managed projects and made recommendations to government relating to health and social care. At the International Development Law Organization, she led similar reform projects, but on climate change law, in partnership with countries in the global South, United Nations institutions, and official development assistance agencies.

    Sarah’s doctoral research draws on her experiences working in law reform to examine practices through which the politics of knowledge play out in international law. She recently finished a project on the role of lawyers in international law on climate change - how they reproduce cores and peripheries between North and South; spread international law on climate change according to the logics of powerful institutions, and manifest diverting ethical commitments. She has also been investigating new projects, for example one on pipelines and another on law reform practices across time and place.

    Prior to her current studies, Sarah received an LLM in Environmental Law (McGill University Faculty of Law and School of Environment), a JD (Osgoode Hall Law School), and a BA in Philosophy, Art History and World Religions (McGill University and l’Université Paris-Sorbonne).