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A look at climate litigation for future generations with host, Dr. Sara Seck, Associate Dean of Research (Schulich School of Law).

Climate change is happening now. While careful planning for adaptation to climate change can reduce harm, there are increasing examples of climate loss and damage to people and planet both in Canada and around the globe. How can climate law and human rights approaches to litigation help to reduce and remedy climate harms for present and future generations to come?

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (ADT)
Livestreamed to Facebook

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Originally from St John’s, N.L., Dr Sara L. Seck is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, and a member of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute. At Dalhousie she supervises JD and graduate students researching a wide range of environment and sustainability topics including on the relationship between international human rights and climate change law. She is North American director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), and is a Climate Governance Expert and Affiliated Research Scholar with the Canadian Climate Law Initiative (CCLI). More about her research can be found on the Schulich Law digital commons.


Charlotte Hobson is a JD candidate at the Schulich School of Law. Before law school, she studied environmental geography at the University of Toronto. Charlotte is primarily interested in environmental justice issues and the uneven impact of environmental crises. She recently explored this topic in a research paper where she examined how COVID-19, the right to food, and climate change intersect.




Siobhan Quigg is a JD/MPA student at Dalhousie University. Her interests include human rights, climate law, and legal ethics, among other things. She has explored these areas in the development of a research paper on children’s climate rights and business responsibilities. She has also been involved in projects on related topics as a research assistant and as a student editor for the Dalhousie Law Journal.




Unwana Udo (LLM’20) is a research associate at the Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University. He recently completed a Master of Laws program at the Schulich School of Law. His areas of research interests are climate and environmental law including climate change and human rights; climate justice; climate litigation; climate-oceans governance; and sustainable development. Unwana has held teaching assistant positions in several courses at Dalhousie University, including those with environmental protection and sustainability themes. More recently, Unwana has been working on a multi-disciplinary research project (under the auspices of the Ocean Frontier Institute) involving oceans governance, sustainability, climate law and policy, as well as the evolving participatory role of non-state actors (such as Indigenous peoples and youth) in decision-making within the climate and ocean regimes.

Unwana also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nigeria. He is admitted to practise law in Nigeria. Having practised law in the dispute resolution and energy law departments of one of the largest law firms in Nigeria, Unwana is experienced in litigation and advisory services. Unwana is currently a candidate for admission to the Law Society of Ontario.