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Public International Law: Key Developments for Canadian Lawyers

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Welcome to the introductory page for the following module: Public International Law: Key Developments for Canadian Lawyers

In this section, the instructors will present learning modules related to globalization and its relevance to Public Law in Canada; sources of Public International Law; actors in Public International Law; and dispute settlement mechanisms.

The sources of Public International Law section will review treaties, customary international law and other sources of international law. The actors in Public International Law section will review the roles of states, international organisations, the private sector, and non-profit actors in public international law. Finally, the dispute settlement mechanisms section will review peaceful resolutions of disputes through diplomacy, the role of the International Court of Justice, and other major dispute settlement mechanisms used in public international law.



Sébastien Jodoin

Sébastien is a Lead Counsel with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and sits on its Board of Governors. Sébastien is also the Director of the Campaign to End Crimes against Future Generations and a Fellow with the Canadian Centre for International Justice. A frequent presener at conferences and published author, he has been cited or interviewed by a number of media outlets in Canada, including Le Devoir, the Toronto Sun, and the radio and television news programmes of Radio-Canada.

With the CISDL, Sébastien works on projects that focus on cross-cutting issues within the field of international sustainable development law and policy. His work particularly focuses on understanding the linkages between human rights and the environment and developing the capacity of policy-makers and stakeholders to take these linkages into account in the pursuit of sustainable development. He has worked in partnership with the Canadian and Quebec governments, the World Future Council, the United Nations, and the International Development Law Organisation. Sébastien regularly presents papers at academic conferences and international negotiations dealing with human rights, climate change and sustainable development. Since 2005, he has played a key role in CISDL delegations to the annual United Nations Conference on climate change, organising and speaking at official side-events and releasing policy briefs in the course of negotiations. He also frequently participates in hearings held by parliamentary commissions and other government bodies in Québec.

Sébastien previously worked at Amnesty International Canada, the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He holds degrees in Common law and civil law from McGill University, a Master’s degree in international law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master’s degree in international relations at the University of Cambridge. Sébastien has received numerous awards and scholarships in support and recognition of his work and studies, including an Associate Fellowship at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, a Public Interest Law Fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario, a John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in Human Rights from the Canadian Council for International Law, a Bursary from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, an International Bar Association Fellowship in International Criminal Law, a Young Professionals Award from the Government of Canada, and a J.W. McConnell Scholarship from McGill University.

Among other honours, Sébastien has been named to the Amnesty International Working Group on International Justice, the Earth Institute’s Global Roundtable on Climate Change, and the Kyoto Mind Advisory Group. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as the Leiden Journal of International Law and the Journal of International Law and International Relations, and has been cited in a report of the International Law Association Committee on Sustainable Development and in the Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice.

Originally from Québec, Sébastien has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Tanzania, and Belgium and speaks English and French. His personal website is: