“Looking at the earth from afar you realize it is too small for conflict and just big enough for co-operation” – Yuri Gagarin


About Sarah

After being called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2021, Sarah joined Burchells’ litigation group with a particular interest in administrative law, human rights, and insurance law. 

Sarah obtained her law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. While at law school, Sarah volunteered at the Centre for Law and Democracy and was awarded a Schulich Academic Excellence Fund award to intern at the Dallaire Institute. Sarah also worked as a research associate in the areas of international human rights law and international environmental law, and completed a placement at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

Sarah also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies and participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition in her final year of law school.

Following her completion of articles at Burchells, Sarah clerked for the Honourable Justice Michael Manson of the Federal Court, where she gained valuable experience in administrative law, immigration, intellectual property, and Aboriginal law.

Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Microbiology & Immunology and a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Physiology & Biophysics, both from Dalhousie University. 

Sarah currently acts as Deputy Coach to the Schulich School of Law Jessup Moot team and serves on the Editorial Board for the Canadian Bar Association’s journal “Canadian International Lawyer.”

Selected publications:

Anna Sharapova, Sara L. Seck, Sarah L. MacLeod, “Indigenous Rights in Canada and Russia and Arctic Governance” in D. VanderZwaag and V. Gavrilov (eds.), Responding to a Changing Arctic Ocean: Canadian and Russian Experiences and Challenges (forthcoming).

Sara L. Seck and Sarah L. MacLeod, “People at the Poles” in K. Scott and D. VanderZwaag (eds.), Research Handbook in Polar Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2020).