Sarah Levy

DPhil Socio-Legal Studies

Other affiliations

Green Templeton College


Sarah Levy is a DPhil candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Her research will focus on the laws surrounding Canadian sealing activities. Specifically, she 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. She chose this topic as she is passionate about both marine wildlife conservation and Inuit issues.

Sarah has been called to the Bar of Ontario and held positions at the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks at the Government of Ontario and Animal Justice Canada. She holds a B.A. (Hons) from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a J.D. and Master of Environmental Studies from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She completed her master's research on the topic of direct-action and international marine wildlife conservation laws, in which she explored the ways in which nongovernmental organisations fill the gap between law and enforcement where nation states fail to institutionalise conservation. 

Outside of her studies, Sarah enjoys scuba diving, hiking, painting, reading, traveling, and going to concerts.

Research Interests

Animal law, environmental law, Indigenous law, marine wildlife conservation.