Hi everyone! My name is Sarah, and I am a first-year DPhil in Law candidate. My research will focus on the laws surrounding Canadian sealing activities. Specifically, I will be exploring the conflation of Inuit sealing practices and the commercial sealing industry through a legal lens, with a focus on the intersections of animal, environmental, and Indigenous rights in this context. I chose this topic as I am passionate about both marine wildlife conservation and Inuit issues.
Prior to beginning my DPhil, I completed the Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Studies program, at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. I wrote my Master’s thesis on the topic of direct-action and international marine wildlife conservation laws, in which I explored the ways in which nongovernmental organisations fill the gap between law and enforcement where nation states fail to institutionalise conservation. Upon completion of my degrees, I fulfilled my Articles of Clerkship at the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks at the Government of Ontario, and have been called to the Bar of Ontario.
Outside of my studies, I enjoy scuba diving, hiking, painting, reading, traveling, and going to concerts.