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Sébastien is a Lead Counsel with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, leading its work on human rights and climate change and on legal empowerment for sustainable development. He also is a Trudeau Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where his research focuses on the links between human rights and environmental governance. At Yale, he is a member of the Governance, Environment, and Markets Initiative and directs the One Justice Project through the Academics Stand against Poverty network. Sébastien moreover holds Fellowships with the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and serves on Amnesty International’s Working Group on International Justice and the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law. Sébastien previously worked in the Canadian branch of Amnesty International and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. He holds degrees in Civil law and Common law from McGill University, a master’s degree in international law from the London School of Economics, and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge. Sébastien has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, most recently including a Doctoral Scholarship from the Trudeau Foundation, a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada, a John Humphrey Fellowship in Human Rights from the Canadian Council on International Law, and a Public Interest Law Articling Fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario. Since 2005, Sébastien has lectured widely at universities and conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, actively participated in international negotiations on climate change, sustainable development, and international criminal law, published in leading academic journals in international law and policy, and been interviewed by a number of media outlets in Canada and Africa.
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