Christie McLeod

2019 Summer Student, 2020 / 2021 Articling Student | Vancouver

604.628.3689

Portrait of Christie McLeod

Christie completed the joint JD/Masters in Environmental Studies program at Osgoode Hall Law School and York University. During this program, Christie worked with Human Rights Watch in New York City and Toronto to research the impact of climate change on food security in Indigenous communities in Canada, and with West Coast Environmental Law as a summer student and legal researcher. Her Master’s research focused on deriving and implementing a fair or proportional emissions reduction target in Canada.

In her spare time, Christie has undertaken several climate advocacy efforts. She drafted an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson calling for Canada to adopt and legislate stronger emissions reduction targets, which was signed by nearly 500 law students and law faculty members from across Canada. She also participated in the “Future XChange” program organized by Youth Climate Lab, Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, which brought 15 Canadian youth together in Inuvik to discuss integrating Traditional Knowledge and climate policy.

Prior to law school, Christie graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Human Rights & Global Studies and International Development Studies. After graduating, Christie served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization devoted to children’s education and healthcare in East Africa. She concurrently founded Human Rights Hub Winnipeg, an online initiative that raises awareness about local human rights issues and promotes events and opportunities in Winnipeg’s vibrant human rights sector. Christie continued to manage and grow this initiative throughout law school.

In 2019, Christie was recognized by Corporate Knights as a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader. Her human rights efforts have also been recognized with a CBC Manitoba’s Future40 Award and the Sybil Shacks Human Rights Youth Award, awarded jointly by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties. Christie’s academic work has also garnered numerous awards, including the Osgoode Hall Law School Upper Year Award of Excellence, the Gowling WLG Award in Climate Change Law, and the Victor Internship in Environmental Law Award.

Christie has written several op-eds on human rights issues which have been featured in Maclean’s, the National Observer, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She co-authored a paper published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law entitled, “Does Climate Change Increase the Risk of Child Marriage? A Look at What We Know – and What We Don’t – With Lessons from Bangladesh and Mozambique”, and authored a review on Damilola S. Olawuyi’s “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance” which is forthcoming in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

Outside of work, Christie enjoys exploring the ocean on her paddle board, hiking, reading, and playing the piano and accordion.

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