Assistant Professor (on leave)
57 Louis-Pasteur St. Room 425
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7162
Work E-mail: Sarah.Morales@uottawa.ca
J.D. (University of Victoria), LL.M. (University of Arizona), Ph.D. (University of Victoria).
Sarah Morales received her J.D. from the University of Victoria in 2004. She received her LL.M. from the University of Arizona in 2006, where she was the Department of Justice Congressional Fellow. In 2005-2006, she clerked for the Pasqua Yaqui Tribal Appellate Court and the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria in 2015, where she was awarded the Canadian Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council. She was also the Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois in the School of American Indian Studies.
Professor Morales joined the Faculty of Law in 2011, where she teaches Tort, Aboriginal Legal Issues and International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples.
Professor Morales’ research interests are generally in the area of Aboriginal and human rights law. Specifically, she is committed to the recognition and reconciliation of Indigenous legal traditions with the common law and civil law traditions in Canada. Her dissertation, entitled “Snuw’uyulh: Fostering an Understandingo of the Hul’qumi’num Legal Tradition”, examines the Coast Salish legal tradition and attempts to demonstrate the significance of this legal tradition within the Canadian legal system.
In addition to these academic interests, Sarah has been actively involved with Indigenous nations and NGOs across Canada through her work in nation building, inherent rights recognition and international human rights law. Her community based research has resulted in the creation of policies and procedures that are reflective of the traditional laws of the communities who utilize them.