Established in 1996 and administered by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) of McGill University, the International Human Rights Internship Program gives McGill Law students the opportunity to intern with NGOS, courts, and public institutions for a period of 12 weeks over the summer, while earning six credits toward their BCL/JD degree (previously called the BCL/LLB). For information on the program, our partner organizations, applications, FAQs, and more, please visit the International Human Rights Internships section of the CHRLP’s website.
Below are the bios of our student interns.
See also the 2010 to 2019 cohorts.
The 2023 Interns
Ashli (she/her/elle) is a second-year BCL/JD candidate at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a BA in Legal Studies and Human Rights from Carleton University. She is interested in how law impacts marginalized groups particularly gender and sexual minorities, and corporate environmental, social and governance practices. At the faculty, she has volunteered with Outlaw and works with CHRLP’s Disability Initiative. In the community, she has worked with EGALE, McGill’s Subcommittee on Queer People, and Dignity Network amongst other groups.
Ashli enjoys nature and climbing, and is looking forward to working on minority rights with her partner organization this summer.
Michelle Akim – Citizen Lab – Toronto, Canada
Samuel Anthony – Justice Department at the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – Ontario/Quebec/NY border
Samuel Anthony is a first year BCL/JD student at McGill. He holds a Bachelors of Geography from the University of Winnipeg and worked extensively in tourism, active transportation, and outdoor education before coming to McGill. He worked two years as a regional coordinator at a national charity, and most recently worked in sales and account management at an active transport data company in Montreal. He currently volunteers on the board of directors at Waterways, a not-for-profit he co-founded that works with Indigenous communities in Manitoba to run canoe trips and land-based learning camps with Indigenous youth.
Carla Arbelaez – Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) – Toronto, Canada
Carla is a third year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from McMaster University. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Carla fell in love with, and worked alongside, the diverse array of community organizations and grassroots political movements in the post-industrial city of Hamilton.
During her time at the Faculty, Carla volunteered as a Board Director of Hamilton charity Student Open Circles, Senior Advocate at the Advocacy Branch of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, Legal Research Volunteer at Research for the Frontlines, and Pro Bono Student at the Association for the Rights of Household and Farm Workers. She also worked as the Managing Editor of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and as an Environmental Education Intern at GreenVenture.
Carla is interested in migration rights, environmentalism, and issues of poverty, as well as how the three intersect in contemporary manifestations of environmental migration.
Kimberley Baronet – Refugee Law Project – Kampala, Uganda
Kim is a second-year student in the BCL/JD program at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree in Global and International Studies with a specialization in Global Law and Social Justice from Carleton University.
She is passionate about access to justice and Indigenous rights and legal traditions. She was part of the first cohort for the Anishinaabe Law Field Course offered by McGill in Winnipeg last summer and she is always looking for new experiences and opportunities to learn.
Kim has been a research assistant to different law professors over the past years during which she has conducted research on various topics such as international criminal tribunals, jurisprudence in the civil law tradition, and the intersection of indigenous legal traditions and legal anthropology. She had the chance to work for the Observatoire International des Droits de la Nature as an intern over the past year, where she worked on projects involving nature rights and Indigenous land rights. Her interest in international law stems from her cegep and undergraduate studies where she had the chance to go on internships and a study semester abroad.
Doing her internship with the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda, this summer will be an exciting opportunity for Kim to put her learnings into practice. She is looking forward to learning from their great team of experts and developing her knowledge in immigration and refugee law.
Allison Bender – Avocats Sans Frontières – Quebec City, Canada
Allison Bender is a 2nd year law student in McGill’s Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law program. Prior to her legal studies, she received a Bachelor of Music (BMus) and BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as the Certificat d’études politiques from Sciences Po Lille.
Allison currently works as a Labour Relations Officer for the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE), as well as a Student Reference Assistant at the Nahum Gelber Law Library. In addition, she volunteers with the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale in Montréal. Her interest in human rights advocacy is based in its potential to have a concrete and tangible impact on the lives of marginalized people.
Allison is passionate about equality and development issues, with a particular interest in women’s and LGBT rights domestically and abroad. As an intern with Avocats sans Frontières Canada, she is looking forward to broadening her understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects human rights work.
Thomas Bisset – Justice and Correctional Services of the Cree Nation Government – Waswanipi, Québec, Canada
I am a first year law student with a background in political science and environmental policy. Prior to law school, I worked with Environment Canada, conducting research on the effects of carbon pricing policy on northern communities. I hold an MA and BA in political science from McGill University. I am an outdoor enthusiast, a keen skier, and an avid soccer fan. I am looking forward to discovering some of northern Quebec this summer!
Jenna Daley – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Tunis, Tunisia
Jenna is a first-year student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She graduated with a dual Bachelors degree with honours in Middle East Studies and Religious Studies from McGill University which was followed by a Masters in Middle East Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
Originally from the United States, Jenna has worked with human rights non-profits and international foundations in New York focusing on immigration rights campaigns and political lobbying for migration reform. After spending time living abroad in Morocco and Vietnam teaching English, Jenna continued work in the immigration field at two law firms in Montreal.
At the Faculty of Law, Jenna is involved with Innocence McGill as a case worker and is a current Associate Editor at the McGill Journal for Sustainable Development Law. It has been rewarding for Jenna to view the legal field from different perspectives, and she looks forward to expanding her knowledge of international human rights work this summer at the UNHCR in Tunis.
Georgia DeFehr – Centre for Law & Democracy (CLD) – Halifax, Canada
Georgia DeFehr is a third-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Sociology and Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications from the University of Winnipeg.
Georgia currently volunteers as a junior English editor of Contours, a McGill law journal that documents the insights of women, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people within the field of law, and has previously served as an associate editor of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law. She has been grateful to engage in legal research through her volunteer work with the Concordia Student Union Legal Information Clinic and her ongoing role as a researcher for a Montreal-based immigration and refugee law attorney.
Georgia is thrilled to be working as an intern at the Centre for Law and Democracy this summer. Based partly on her attendance as a university-selected delegate at the Canadian Association of Journalists National Conference, she is especially interested in the Centre’s work promoting the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association, and access to information.
Nicholas Duguay – International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES) – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nicholas is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He holds a BA (Honours) in Philosophy from Concordia University. During his undergraduate studies, Nicholas studied topics ranging from Rawlsian political theory to Confucian moral philosophy, completing two summers of research on those topics while studying Mandarin. He is particularly interested in the role of intercultural dialogue in international law and human rights, and is currently a Senior Editor for InterGentes—the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism. Outside of law school, Nicholas enjoys hiking, reading, and composing songs and poems. At the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Colombo, Nicholas looks forward to exploring his interest in intercultural dialogue and immersing himself in another culture.
Nour Saran Traoré
Nour Saran Traoré is a second-year law student. Prior attending McGill, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Law & Society from Concordia University . Nour is passionate about arts, debate, literature, intersectional studies, and mental health, which has shaped a strong interest in criminal law, human rights, family law, and intellectual property. Within this framework, she completed internships with Lawyers Without Borders Canada and Justice For Youth. She also worked for Grandir Sans Frontières, where she helped facilitate access to coding and robotics for young people and raised awareness about cyberbullying and fake news online. Additionally, she created Concordia’s first Francophone debate club. In the future, Nour hopes to work in international criminal law and international human rights law.
Grace Ma is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill committed to better understanding how law and policy can advance sustainable development. She is passionate about contributing to intersecting issues of climate, inequality, and energy transition through research, writing and advocacy. She is looking forward to interning this summer with the Earth Law Center, an ENGO based in the United-States that advances and advocates for rights for nature.
Aziz Driss – Equitas – Montreal, Canada
Aziz Driss is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to starting his legal studies, Aziz completed an undergraduate degree at Concordia University with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Law and Society. During his university years, he was a member of the Law and Society Student Association, where he helped organize law-related events for the Concordia community. He also shadowed a judge from the Court du Quebec during trials and delivered presentations on this experience. At the Faculty of Law, Aziz took an interest in spreading awareness about human rights and intends to delve further into this subject during his internship at Equitas this coming summer.
Pénélope Fernandez-Busto – Cambodian League for the Promotion & Defence of Human Rights (LICADHO) – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Pénélope is a second year BCL/JD student and Loran scholar at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she completed a DEC in Diplomacy, Law and International Relations at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. Very involved in student life, she presided the student council and led an intercollegiate campaign raising awareness on sexual and gendered violence, which first sparked her interest in legal advocacy.
At McGill, Pénélope is a senior caseworker and the VP Communications at Innocence McGill, where she tackles wrongful conviction cases in Québec. She is also a caseworker at Project Genesis, a community organization assisting individuals with housing, welfare, pension, and healthcare issues. Pénélope also enjoys playing soccer with the Faculty of Law’s intramural team. Last summer, she interned at the UNHCR Guatemala’s Protection department where she had the opportunity to work on forced displacement issues in central America and assisted in researching trends in Guatemala’s Izabal region.
Pénélope has a strong interest in international human rights, particularly the ways in which women’s rights activism informs legal advocacy. She is eager to continue exploring different human rights issues this summer at LICADHO.
Seth Gordon – Avocats Sans Frontières – Bogotá, Colombia
Seth Gordon is a third-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in music composition and piano performance and was awarded the SOCAN Foundation Young Composer Award in 2020. He has previously completed studies at the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute in San Francisco, California, where he volunteered at the San Francisco LGBT Center. While at the Faculty, Seth has volunteered with the housing legal clinic Projet Genèse, the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, and the Association for the Protection of Household and Farm Workers, of which he is a current member. He has previously worked as a research assistant for Prof. Priya Gupta analyzing property law and government use of municipal and provincial ordinances during COVID to enforce encampment evictions. He currently works as a legal researcher and writer for Estateably Inc and is the President of the McGill student chapter of Avocats Sans Frontières. For the 2023 Winter semester, Seth is studying on exchange at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. He is passionate about administrative and public international law, as well as extrajudicial methods of advancing human rights.
Léa Gruyelle – Conseil national des droits de l’Homme – Rabat, Maroc
I am a first year student in the BCL/JD program. Before entering law school, thanks to the research conducted through my graduate studies in Political Science, I built an understanding of global politics, history, and justice and it is a hope to apply this understanding of the world to the service of others on a daily and practical level that pushed me to apply to law school in the first place, and for this internship program in particular. I am honoured to have been selected for the internship at the Conseil National des Droits de l’Homme in Rabat, Morocco, and I am hoping to gain understanding of the way human rights are discussed, defended, and applied in practice, and how they affect people’s lives.
Philippe Haddad – Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) – Banjul, The Gambia
Philippe Haddad is a second-year student completing his BCL/JD degree at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Queen’s University majoring in History with a minor in Political Studies and a Certificate in Law. His studies have focused on the history and politics of the MENA region, specifically looking at revolutionary movements and the Lebanese Civil War, and contemporary sports history.
At McGill University, Philippe is the Co-President of the McGill University Rugby Football Club a contributor to the McGill Tribune. His legal studies have focused on international law and international human rights law, as Philippe aspires to find a way to contribute to resolving unrest in the MENA region with a special focus on Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. By joining the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, he aspires to prove himself an asset to the organization and highlight their efforts to defend, educate, and inform throughout myriad national, African, and international jurisdictions.
Molly Hamilton – Elimu Impact Evaluation Centre – Kianyaga Kenya
Molly Hamilton is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a BA in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies from Mount Allison University. While at Mount Allison, she dedicated her time lobbying the University administration to provide better services for survivors of sexual violence. Before starting her law degree, she was the Women Peace and Security (WPS) Programme Officer at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) based in South Africa. It was during this experience, that she was introduced to different means of dispute resolution and the barriers that women and girls face while participating in conflict resolution. At McGill, she is a member of the McGill’s International Law Society and the McGill Arbitration Students’ Society. She also spends her time volunteering at Logifem, a women’s shelter in Montreal. Her interests include peace and security, access to housing, human rights, gender mainstreaming, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Ashna Hudani – Office of the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites – Remote internship
Ashna Hudani is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill University. Prior to her legal studies, she completed an HBSc. in International Development Studies at the University of Toronto. Last summer, she worked at the Alberta Human Right Commission in Edmonton, where she supported investigations for human rights claims, dispute resolution processes, and litigation. She is currently a Research Assistant for iMPACTS (Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus), supporting the Education: Law and Policy project through her work evaluating sexual violence policies across Canadian universities. She is also a Senior Editor for Inter Gentes, the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism.
Ezequiel Indriago Perez – Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos – Lima, Peru
Ezequiel Indriago Perez is a first year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He holds an Honour’s Bachelor of Social Science in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. During his undergraduate degree, Ezequiel worked as a grievance analyst at Correctional Service Canada, where he reviewed allegations of mistreatment and injustices in federal prisons. At the faculty, Ezequiel is on the executive committee of the McGill Law Latin American Students Association. He is also a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada and a caseworker for the Innocence Project. Ezequiel is passionate about migrant rights and access to justice.
Emmy Labbé – Legal Clinic on Human Rights and Disability – Lima, Peru
Emmy Labbé is a 1L student in the BCL/JD program at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Law from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered with UQAM’s International Clinic for Human Rights, and she was the President of the University’s Immigration Law Committee, where she coordinated different projects in the immigration field. She also worked for Amnesty International Canada (the French section) in the Youth Activism and Human Rights Education department, and she also has been a paralegal for an immigration law firm. At McGill, Emmy is an event project manager for McGill International Law Society and for the International Refugee Assistance Project, where she is also a blog editor. Her main legal interests are human rights, international law, immigration and refugee law, and access to justice. She is thrilled to undertake an internship with the Legal Clinic on Human Rights and Disability in Lima, Peru.
Chanelle Lajoie – Bulgarian Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) – Sofia, Bulgaria
Chanelle Lajoie is Indigi-queer (Cree, Metis, French) from Treaty 1 Territory, and a current guest on Tiohià:ke Territory completing their legal studies at McGill University. Before life at McGill, Chanelle graduted from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor degree in Urban and Inner-City Studies, and was dedicated to their work as a Case Worker and Program Coordinator with an Indigenous-led social enterprise. To balance their professional and academic careers, Chanelle creates short films, attends artist residencies, and refuses to let anything in their home go to waste. Their areas of interest include: Harm Reduction, Trans Inclusive Gender Justice, Disability Justice, Abolition and Transformative Justice, Indigenous Legal Traditions, Legal Theory, Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, and Mediation. They look forward to a summer filled with exercersing their current skills and acquiring the necessary legal skills with the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
Mariana Lasso Mendez – The Inter-American Court of Human Rights – San José, Costa Rica
Mariana is a third-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law and holds a BA in International Studies with a double minor in Philosophy and Mandarin Chinese.
At the Faculty, Mariana has had the opportunity to volunteer for the McGill chapter of Avocats Sans Frontières, as a caseworker for the Legal Information Clinic and currently, as a project officer for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).
Mariana is passionate about the intersection between immigration and refugee law and the current international human rights regime. Most importantly, she has a strong interest in learning how to improve access to justice for migrants.
Béatrice Martel – Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse – Montréal, Canada
Béatrice est une étudiante de deuxième année en droit à l’Université McGill. Avant d’être étudiante en droit, elle a étudié en Sciences Humaines – Honours au Collège Marianopolis.
Grande adepte de l’environnement, elle s’est impliquée en tant que membre exécutive du club étudiant Green Team au Cégep et en tant que Rédactrice administrative adjointe pour la Revue de Droit de Développement Durable de McGill lors de sa première année en droit. Toujours désireuse de s’impliquer au sein de sa communauté, elle a également participé, en tant que bénévole, au programme L.E.X de la faculté de droit et s’implique actuellement en tant que représentante étudiante pour la Clinique d’information juridique à McGill. Dans ses temps libres, elle canalise son énergie débordante en participant au McGill Cycling Club ou bien en enseignant le Pilates.
Ayant un grand intérêt pour l’intersectionnalité, le processus d’adjudication et l’analyse des effets collatéraux des décisions législatives et judiciaires, elle compte mettre en application son expérience acquise au Tribunal administratif du travail en tant qu’adjointe à la magistrature et adjointe à la conciliation au sein de la Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse.
Charlotte Massue – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Tunis, Tunisia
Driven by social justice, Charlotte Massue is a student and militant passionate about human rights and the betterment of societies. Prior to coming to McGill, she completed a CEGEP DEC in Sciences, Literature, and Arts and was part of different coalitions such as La Ceves and the Mouvement des Jeunes Souverainistes. She is currently working as a student volunteer with the Mobile Legal Aid Clinic, is mentoring a team taking part in the Concours de plaidoirie Juripop – CSQ, and is involved with different activist groups advocating for Palestinian liberation, decolonization, and climate justice. Her areas of interest in law lie at the intersection of criminal law and human rights law.
Toby Moore – Office of the Federal Housing Advocate at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ottawa
I have a Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Psychology from McGill University. I am excited to join the IHRIP cohort with the Federal Housing Advocate at the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa. I believe human rights are just as important at home as they are abroad, and I vow for the importance of the vernacular aspect of human rights work. I have worked previously as a planner, with a non-profit and on my own projects (e.g. podcast, events). I believe that we are better positioned to help when we take care of ourselves, which is why I enjoy playing sports outdoors (biking, yoga, golf, disc golf) and taking on mental challenges (trivia, meditation, reading, piano).
Greer Oosterman-Nicholson – Council of Canadians with Disabilities – Winnipeg, Manitoba (Remote internship)
Greer Nicholson is a fourth-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from McGill University in political science and economics, and philosophy and math. Before returning to school for law studies, Greer worked in Montreal’s tech industry as well as in the Canadian Army as a reservist. More recently, she took over management of a small family business. At the Faculty, she has worked as an associate editor at the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development and Law, and at the Journal of Dispute Resolution, and has volunteered at the Legal Information Clinic of McGill. Greer is currently involved with the Raoul Wallenberg Advocacy Group, the Kenya-Canada Remote Legal Aid Club, and the Black Law Students Association of McGill.
Ramya Panchacharam – Ateneo Human Rights Centre (ACHR) – Manila, the Philippines
Ramya is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to starting her law degree, Ramya obtained a bachelor’s degree in Honours Political Science from Concordia University. During her undergraduate degree, she cultivated an interest in the intersections between social/health policy and human rights through her experience working for the Public Health Agency of Canada and participation in various clubs. At the Faculty of Law, Ramya has continued to pursue her interests in advocacy, human rights, and law through her involvement in Lawyers Without Borders McGill and the McGill Legal Information Clinic. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of these intersections during her internship at the Ateneo Centre for Human Rights in Manila, The Philippines.
Theodora Sauvé – Ministry of Justice – Windhoek, Namibia
Théadora recently graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in human resources & labour relations. As a result of her high academic achievements and exceptional leadership skills, she was appointed as the 2022 Valedictorian.
She now attends the McGill University Faculty of Law. She believes the power of Law will serve as a powerful tool for peacemaking.
After being coached for many years while training to be a national figure skater, she later pursued her own coaching experience. She coached figure skating for four years and then a teaching assistant at university.
As a very enthusiastic, ambitious and determined young individual, in January 2022, Theadora was chosen out of 250 applicants along with Gianluca Piran Fuselli to co-chair Million Peace Makers Youth to promote and spread the Nonflict way as a vehicle for peace. Together, they have built a team of approximately 120 young peacemakers and are continuing to build on this foundation.
Million Peacemakers Youth empowers youth worldwide to co-create a culture of peace, where differences are understood as opportunities to co-create and where no one is left behind. To achieve this, they plan on providing youth-focussed organizations and educational institutions with key resources to promote the constructive resolution of conflicts. They will also be leading an annual International Nonflict Week.
Chlöe Shahinian – Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) – Kampala, Uganda
Chlöe is currently a first-year B.C.L/J.D. student at the Faculty of Law. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Political Science and a Master of Arts in Political Science (International Relations specialization), both from McGill University. Her Master’s thesis studied the relationship between the use of force and legitimacy perceptions of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During her Master’s, Chlöe had the opportunity to intern at the Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and also worked as a Junior Policy Analyst at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in the OSCE and NATO portfolios of GAC’s Security and Defence Division. Chlöe hopes to pursue a career in international human rights law and humanitarian law. She is an active member of the McGill International Law Society (MILS), holds the position of Associate Editor at Inter Gentes, the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, and volunteers as an Intake Officer at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. She is passionate about the intersection of the law and human rights and eagerly anticipates all the learning still to be done on her law school journey.
Maxime Touchette – Human Rights Watch – New York City, USA
Max is a first-year student at McGill Law. Before attending law school, he attended the University of Ottawa, where he completed a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in conflict studies and human rights. His graduate-level major research paper focused on the January 6th riots on Capitol Hill in Washington, particularly on visual representations of violence. From 2021 to 2022, Max was the co-editor-in-chief of the POTENTIA Journal of Public and International Affairs from the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) where he also worked as a research assistant, studying the rise of the far-Right. Throughout his studies, he has had the opportunity to conduct a field research course focusing on electoral violence in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as complete an internship in the Dzaleka refugee camp near Lilongwe, Malawi. He is interested in issues of armed conflict, specifically cases of crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes, and aspires to pursue a career in the fields of international criminal law and international humanitarian law.
Outside of academics, Max worked for several years on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, for the Library of Parliament, the Senate of Canada and most recently at the Privy Council Office of Canada. Max is currently a junior advocate for the McGill Law Raoul Wallenberg Advocacy group and a member of the outreach team for the McGill Law Innocence Project. He is excited to be a member of this year’s IHRIP cohort and is looking forward to working alongside the incredible team at Human Rights Watch this summer!
Gabrielle Torrealba – Yukon Human Rights Commission – Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Gabrielle Torrealba is currently in the second year of her law degree at McGill. Prior to her studies at McGill, Gabrielle completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Legal Studies and Psychology at Carleton University with a focus on human rights law. Following the completion of her JD/BCL degree at McGill, Gabrielle hopes to work in the fields of human rights and environmental law.
Song-Ly Tran – Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights – Montreal, Canada
Song-Ly Tran is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to her legal studies, she obtained a DCS from John Abbott College in Honours Science. During this time, she worked as a teaching assistant for a course taught by Rémi Cardinal, placed first at the CEGEP’s public speaking competition, twice completed the student involvement program, and obtained an English Honours Portfolio.
At the Faculty, Song-Ly is an executive member of the Privacy Law Club and a columnist for the student-run newspaper Quid Novi. Since the summer of 2021, she has also worked as a junior analyst and legal intern at a boutique cybersecurity consulting firm based in Montreal.
Song-Ly has a great interest in data and Internet regulation, and the impact of emerging technologies on human rights and development. She is delighted by the opportunity to volunteer at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.
Sofia Watt Sjöström – Métis Nation Saskatchewan – Saskatoon, Canada
Sofia is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law.
Before studying law, she completed her DEC in Liberal Arts at Marianopolis College, where she founded and led the Marianopolis Literary Magazine. Today, she continues to write when she can, and enjoys being a columnist for Quid Novi, the McGill law student newspaper. She also loves staying involved in Montreal’s Swedish community, notably by singing in its choir!
During her first two years of law school, Sofia especially nurtured an interest in environmental law. She is currently a Senior Editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL), the Editorial Officer for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), and a Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) volunteer for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (SNAP) Quebec. She treasures these experiences not only for what they have taught her, but for the communities they provide.
This summer, Sofia is excited to learn from and work with Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S). She also looks forward to discovering Saskatoon!
Olivia Wawin – HIV Legal Network – Toronto, Canada
Olivia is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a BA from McGill with a double major in Economics and Sociology. She is currently researching mental health jurisprudence as an intern at the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal as part of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law internship program. She is also a junior editor at the McGill Journal of Law and Health and a volunteer advisor at Project Genesis.
As she has moved through her undergraduate (and now law) education, Olivia has developed an interest in the ways that healthcare and public health systems can impact the human rights of marginalised communities.
Olivia is thrilled to be interning at the HIV Legal Network, whose work she thoroughly admires, this summer. She looks forward to learning more about harm reduction, criminal justice reform, and domestic and international human rights advocacy.
The 2022 Interns
Somaya has experience working in not-for-profit, private, and public policy institutions across Canada. She has a background in qualitative research analysis on migration policies and how various political systems shape the lives of marginalized communities. She extended her undergraduate degree to complete a one-year international fellowship in France and studied at Science Po Strasbourg. While in France, she worked with the municipal government and volunteered with local organizations to support migrant communities.
Upon graduation, Somaya was selected for the Parliamentary Internship Programme, where she spent five months working with the government and another five months with the opposition. During this legislative experience, she was intrigued by the interplay between law, politics, and human rights.
Her combined experiences led her on a journey to study Law at McGill as a McCall McBain Scholar. She is looking forward to working with the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, whose mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, and IDPs.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Lord Reading Society Human Rights Bursary & the M. Novak & K. Weil Human Rights Internship Fund
Yasmine Amar – Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse – Montréal, Canada
Elle est notamment coprésidente et membre fondateur du projet intergénérationnel « Et si on se racontait ». Dans le cadre de celui-ci, elle prit part à la rédaction du livre éponyme publié en 2021 et organisa la campagne de sensibilisation « Entre toi et moi ». Depuis cette année, elle coordonne également un programme de bénévolat intercollégial visant à renforcer les liens intergénérationnels à l’échelle du Québec. Présentant un grand intérêt pour la politique québécoise et la protection des droits humains dans un contexte local, elle est à la recherche constante de nouvelles façons de s’impliquer dans sa communauté et de rendre le Québec plus inclusif.
Yasmine est également très intéressée par le journalisme et la culture. Au cégep, elle participa notamment au Prix littéraire des collégiens et fut rédactrice pour le journal étudiant « La Claque ». En compagnie de son orchestre, elle participa également à de nombreux festivals et compétitions musicaux, dont le National Band and Orchestra Festival du Carnegie Hall.
Yasmine est très enthousiaste de se joindre cet été à la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse et d’ainsi en apprendre plus sur les rouages de cette institution québécoise dynamique.
Laiba Asad – Council of Canadians with Disabilities
At the Faculty, she is the Executive Online Editor for the McGill Journal of Law and Health, Co-VP Events of the McGill International Law Society, and a senior editor with Rooted. She also works for a non-profit organization based in New York City that offers legal services to social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
This summer, Laiba is looking forward to her internship with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities in Winnipeg in order to learn more about the issues impacting people with disabilities and the legal framework available to address them.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Justice James K Hugessen Fund & the Rathlyn Foundation Student Activity Fund.
Jack Ball – Yukon Human Rights Commission – Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Jack is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill University from Fredericton, New-Brunswick. He previously completed a BA at McGill and an MA at Queen’s, both in English literature. Along with human rights, he is interested in criminal and administrative law, and litigation.
Jack is currently a senior editor at the McGill Journal of Law and Health and a junior editor at the Canadian Journal of Law and Justice. He is also a volunteer caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and previously worked for the legal tech start-up EvenUp, where he helped obtain compensation for California wildfire victims. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to work and live in the Yukon this summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Indigenous Internships Fund.
Weeam Ben Rejeb – Aswat Nissa – Tunis, Tunisia
Prior to her legal studies, she worked at Canada’s Development Finance Institute focused on gender-lens investing in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. At the Faculty, Weeam is an executive with the Women of Colour Collective and a caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic. She is also actively involved in advocacy work around Bill 21 and equity initiatives on campus. She is passionate about increased access to justice, advocacy, and human rights.
Weeam is excited to participate in the internship program with Aswat Nissa, an NGO that advocates for gender equality and increased political participation of women in Tunisia.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Lindsay Anne and Gail Cameron Fund.
Cassandra Betts – Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) – Banjul, The Gambia
Throughout her time at McGill, Cassandra has worked as a senior editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and as a caseworker for Innocence McGill. In 2020, she researched gender pay equity at the Canadian Human Rights Commission to help implement the federal Pay Equity Act.
Cassandra is thrilled to be interning with the IHRDA this summer and looks forward to learning more about African and international human rights mechanisms.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Development Fund & the Class of ’87 Travel Fund.
Aliya Behar – Bulgarian Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) – Bulgaria
Aliya is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to studying law, she pursued a DEC in Health Science with an honours certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Marianopolis College.
Aliya has worked with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and advocates for political prisoners’ freedom with the Wallenberg Advocacy Group. She also works as a Caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, and is a Senior Editor for the Contours journal. Aliya’s interest in human rights work is underpinned by its potential to concretely and positively impact individuals’ lives.
Aliya is thrilled to be joining the Bulgarian Centre for Not-For-Profit Law this summer, and is eager to further explore the intersections of health, human rights, and the law.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Aurora Human Rights Internship Award, the M. Novak & K. Weil International Experience Internship Award & the Faculty of Law Development Fund.
Fatima Beydoun – Ateneo Human Rights Centre (ACHR) – Manila, the Philippines
Sophie Bisping – International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES) – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sophie Bisping is currently a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Transcultural Studies and International Public Policy.
Prior to her legal studies, she has worked for the Max Planck Institute for International Peace and the Rule of Law on comparative constitutional law and capacity-building workshops for Sudanese and Moroccan lawyers. She has also worked for the German Parliament in the context of the International Parliamentary Scholarship, specializing in issues of cultural policy and foreign affairs.
Sophie is currently an associate editor for InterGentes – the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism. At the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka, she hopes to pursue her interests in transitional justice and reconciliation processes.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law.
Andrea Carboni Jiménez – Legal Clinic on Human Rights and Disability – Lima, Peru
Prior to her legal studies, Andrea’s research focused on examining burden among informal caregivers to people living with systemic sclerosis and evaluating the effectiveness of psychological interventions among incarcerated individuals with mood disorders or trauma.
In the Faculty, Andrea volunteers as a caseworker with Innocence McGill and serves in the Executive Committee of the McGill Law Latin American Students’ Association. While her interests in the legal field are broad, she hopes to concentrate her efforts on aiding vulnerable populations.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Justice James K Hugessen Fund.
Rebecca Clayton – Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, Uganda
Becca is a first year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she completed a BAH in International Development with a minor in Political Science, focusing on rural agricultural development & food security.
After her undergrad she worked for The SEED, a non-profit food project where she created and facilitated programs to increase physical and financial access to good food for community members. Based out of the Guelph Community Health Centre, she worked closely with primary healthcare practitioners on the intersection of food and health, and is excited to pursue human rights and public health further in Kampala with CEHURD.
She currently volunteers with Pro Bono Students Canada at the Native Women’s Shelter in Montreal, and is a professional photographer in her spare time. Passionate about human rights, food-related justice and storytelling, she is deeply excited to learn more about how these pieces connect this summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the J. Schull & A. Yang Student International Program Fund.
Catherine Dunne – HIV Legal Network – Toronto, Canada
Catherine is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds an Honours B.A. in International Human Rights from Western University. Prior to beginning her legal studies, Catherine led the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, representing over 150,000 students’ interest to all levels of government. She advocated for equitable access to post-secondary education, and improved gender-based violence prevention and response throughout her time at the alliance.
At the Faculty, Catherine is an Executive Editor for the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and an Associate Editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development and Law and Rooted. Catherine has also volunteered as a caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic and as a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada throughout her time at the Faculty. She is passionate about using her legal education as a tool to respond to climate change, health inequalities, and colonialism.
Catherine is very grateful for the opportunity to intern at the HIV/AIDS Legal Network to learn more about public interest litigation and legal reform. In particular, she looks forward to learning more about the decriminalization of HIV non-disclosure and sex work, and the intersections with colonialism and gender-based violence.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Frank & Jocelyn Toope Award & Faculty of Law Development Fund.
Eric Epp – Métis Nation Saskatchewan
Eric grew up in Edmonton, and spent many happy summers during university working as a costumed historical interpreter at Fort Edmonton Park. Following his studies in music, he worked for two years as a tour guide at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Last year, he had the chance to take courses in philosophy and political science at the University of Victoria.
Currently, Eric is a junior editor at Rooted, McGill’s Indigenous law journal. He is very excited to engage with the work of the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre in Saskatchewan. He thanks everyone who has helped him learn so far.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Indigenous Internships Fund.
Mariana Furneri – Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) – Toronto, Canada
At the Faculty of Law, Mariana is a Senior Editor for Volume 18 of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL), following her role as a Special Associate Editor for Volume 17. Mariana’s experience with academic journals also extends beyond law school. Throughout her BA, she served as an Editor and Managing Editor for the McGill Journal of Political Studies, as well as the Vice-President Newspaper for McGill’s Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR).
Mariana is passionate about the ways in which policy and the law intersect and how they impact marginalized communities. She views human rights and public interest work as vital forms of advocacy. She is thrilled to intern for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) over the summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the M. Novak & K. Weil Human Rights Internship Fund.
Bella Harvey – Forum for Human Rights – Prague
Bella is a second-year student at the McGill Faculty of Law, currently pursuing a BCL/JD with a minor in Computer Science. She holds a BA in Honour Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from McGill, as well as an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Throughout her post-secondary education, Bella has acted as a research assistant on several different projects and has held both managerial and editorial positions on a variety of academic journals. She deeply cares about social, transitional, and environmental justice, so she is very grateful for the opportunity to work at the Forum for Human Rights in Prague to help them with their international human rights litigation and advocacy efforts.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Justice James K Hugessen Fund.
Ella Johnson – Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights – Montreal, Canada
Ella is a first-year student BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. There, she engages with environmental issues as an associate editor on the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law. She also advocates for the release of political prisoners as a junior advocate with the Wallenberg Advocacy Group to explore her interests in the rule of law. She hopes to use her degree to support work that addresses environmental issues and strengthens democratic institutions.
Prior to McGill, she spent two years advocating for climate justice with MN350 and Earth Law Center. She led and supported campaigns that sought to address the climate crisis from multiple angles, including by legalizing rights for nature and holding purportedly “green” corporations accountable for anti-climate lobbying. Her interest in advocacy and human rights was spurred by discovering that governmental failures to hold multinationals accountable had caused environmental and health crises she researched while studying abroad in Senegal and reporting for the Minnesota Daily.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. Heavily involved in research, she studied vulnerable systems including boreal forests, peat bogs and mangroves. Her interests lay in understanding how plants adapt to their environments, particularly in the context of rapid global change. She briefly worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Sciences Institute before making the left turn that led her to law school. She is thrilled to learn more about human rights and advocacy this summer by working with the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Pearson Chair in Civil Society.
Joshua Singer Johnson – Ministry of Justice – Windhoek, Namibia
Josh is a second year student at the McGill Faculty of Law. He previously completed a B.A. in History and Philosophy. Josh is particularly interested in environmental law, and enjoys educating the public about the law as a volunteer with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. A British Columbian at heart, Josh enjoys long hikes, kayaking, skiing, and anything that gets him outside near mountains and oceans.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Petcher/Caron International Internship Award, the J. Schull & A. Yang Student International Program Fund & Faculty of Law Development Fund.
Nicolas Kamran – Maliganik Tukisiniarvik Legal Services – Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Nicolas is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to studying law, he obtained a DEC from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Arts and Science. It was during this time that he presided several student environmental committees, organizing direct climate action in his community.
At the Faculty, Nicolas remains deeply invested in community life. He is a Senior Editor at the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, a Senior Advocate at the Wallenberg Advocacy Group, a caseworker at Innocence McGill, a columnist for the Quid Novi, and a group assistant for the first-year Criminal Justice course taught by Professor Mugambi Jouet. In Summer 2021, he also assisted the Administrative Housing Tribunal’s Director of Legal Services.
Nicolas has a strong interest in criminal justice, believing in the power of human rights to renew commitment to the rehabilitative ideal. He looks forward to putting his beliefs into action at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Indigenous Internships Fund.
Laurence LeBlanc – UNHCR – Tunisie
Laurence LeBlanc is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill University. Prior to law school, she completed her MA in political science with a concentration in international development. Her thesis involved conducting fieldwork in rural Kenyan communities to gain insight into gendered labour responsibilities and ecologically sustainable women’s group initiatives. Her interest in human rights law began during her BA in international development when she had the chance to live in Ecuador for a year working in environmental justice and corporate accountability.
Outside of her studies, Laurence serves on the Board of Directors for a grassroots NGO called Help-Kids-India, which fundraises the operating expenses of three Dalit preeschools in Tamil Nadu, South India. Laurence also volunteers at the legal clinic at McGill, and is an avid ceramic artist who donates the proceeds of her pottery sales to women’s shelters in Montreal.
Always excited by grassroots activism and language learning, Laurence is thrilled to be working with UNHCR in Tunisia this summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Class of ’87 Travel Fund.
Renée Lehman – Avocats Sans Frontières – Quebec City, Canada
During her undergraduate degree, her research focused primarily on the impacts of precarious immigration and citizenship statuses in contexts of political violence and human rights violations. As a Student Fellow with the Yan P. Lin Centre’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies, she also studied issues of policing, prisons, and punishment.
Through volunteer work in her community, Renée became especially interested in the disproportionate mental health impacts of public policy, notably the adverse effects of Bill 21. She is currently completing a placement with UQAM’s Droit et soins de santé project through McGill’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada, and she is very excited to be volunteering with Avocats Sans Frontières in Québec City this summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the M. Novak & K. Weil Human Rights Internship Fund.
Nathan Leung – Avocats Sans Frontières – Colombia
Nathan is a first year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Toronto and had the opportunity to study abroad at the National University of Singapore. His undergraduate thesis focused on understudied Chinese languages and won first place at the Scarborough Undergraduate Linguistics Conference. Prior to law school, Nathan volunteered as a translator at the Asian Community AIDS Services to improve access to LGBTQ services for newcomers and people who do not speak English. At the faculty, he is a copy editor for the student-run newspaper Quid Novi. During the fall semester, he was also an Events and Community Outreach Officer for IRAP.
Nathan is passionate about the intersection of race, LGBTQ identity, and the law. He is also deeply interested in issues involving language and the law, such as jurilinguistics and protections against linguistic discrimination.
This summer, he will conduct legal research at Avocats Sans Frontières to improve protection for victims of human trafficking, with a focus on female and LGBTI persons. He looks forward to learning more about international human rights law from the cooperation of cross border institutions in Colombia, Canada, and Latin America to prevent human trafficking.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Robert S. Litvack Award Fund.
Angela Nassar – Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos – Lima, Perú
Angela Nassar is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill University. Prior to starting her legal studies, she completed her French baccalauréat at Collège International Marie de France, in the speciality Society and Economy. Before entering McGill, her devotion to allowing equality for all, reflected itself in her implication as a volunteer tutor for immigrant students of families of low income at Baobab Familial, a nonlucratif organisation. Keenly interested in human rights and its effects on access to justice, she is both a member of the Avocats Sans Frontières and the Arbitration Student Society clubs at McGill. Furthermore, she was selected for a twomonths internship with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) responsible for research for NGOs in the middle-eastern region and African continent. Driven by the possibility of equal rights and access to justice, she hopes to continue advocating these fundamental aspects of a just society. The prospect of working at the Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos (IDEHPUCP) this summer promises to be an enriching and exciting experience for her.
Internships offered with the generous support of the J. Schull & A. Yang Student International Program Fund.
Catherine Ndiaye – Equitas – Montreal, Canada
Catherine Ndiaye is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Prior to her legal studies Law, she was an Honours Psychology student at John Abbott College, where she was the recipient of the Women Studies & Gender Relations certificate, as well as the Peace & Social Justice Studies certificate. During her collegiate years, she presided over the Black Student Union club, where she organized “Systemic Racism Awareness Week” events and created a discussion group for racialized students in predominantly White institutions. As well, she participated in various other clubs and committees advocating for marginalized individuals while enhancing race relations.
At the Faculty of Law, Catherine is a member of the Black Law Student Association and a member of the International Refugee Assistance Project. She hopes to make a difference in society by advocating for marginalized individuals through Human Rights law. Catherine is excited to combine her interests in social justice, human rights and grassroots activism by interning at Equitas this summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Development Fund.
Vidish Parikh – Office of the Federal Housing Advocate at the Canadian Human Rights Commission
Vidish is a second-year law student at McGill University (BCL/JD). He studied Economics with a focus on Statistics and Policy in his previous studies and continues to have an appreciation for the power of data analysis as a tool to meaningfully unravel the stories behind numbers.
Vidish’s legal interests lie in Constitutional and Criminal law matters. He is particularly interested in oral advocacy within these fields. He has worked in some of these areas in the past, most recently as a summer law student at the Department of Justice in Health Canada’s Legal Services Unit, where he was exposed to Federal Cannabis Regulation and other Health Law issues.
As a first-generation immigrant and visible minority, Vidish has always had a passion for advocating for human rights and addressing justice issues. He wishes to continue to use his transystemic legal education to approach legal and policy issues with emotional intelligence. In his free time, he enjoys reading and writing about these issues and others (such as the trials and tribulations of being a Leafs fan)!
This summer, Vidish looks forward to leveraging his interdisciplinary toolkit to learn more about the right to affordable housing through the work at the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Office of The Housing Advocate in Ottawa.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Development Fund.
Genny Plumptre – Conseil national des droits de l’Homme – Rabat, Maroc
Genny is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds an MA in Communication Studies and Art History from McGill University, where her research focused on temporal technologies of border control in the context of Canadian liberalism; as well as an Honours BA in Contemporary Studies and History from the University of King’s College.
Prior to her legal studies, Genny worked in a variety of arts organizations and cultural institutions, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She also volunteered with Solidarity Across Borders’ Education Collective, assisting non-status and precarious status migrants to enrol their children in Québec schools and advocating for universal access to education.
Genny has worked as a legal research assistant on topics of systemic discrimination, AI-based workplace surveillance, and privacy risks resulting from the data brokerage industry in Canada. She serves as Associate Editor of both the McGill Law Journal and Rooted: A Publication on Indigenous Law. Genny looks forward to broadening her understanding of equality and human rights law this summer, as an intern with the National Human Rights Council in Rabat, Morocco.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Robert S. Litvack Award Fund 7 Class of ’87 Travel Fund.
Hannah Reardon – Justice and Correctional Services of the Cree Nation Government – Waswanipi, Québec, Canada
Hannah is a second-year BCL/JD student. Prior to studying law, she completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology. Her thesis focused on participative management frameworks for protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon.
Beyond her studies at McGill, Hannah is also the coordinator for the HocheLégal legal information clinic in her neighbourhood. In addition, she is an associate editor at the McGill Journal for Sustainable Development Law and a group assistant in the first-year bilingual section of Criminal Justice.
Hannah is passionate about access to justice and a firm believer in local self-determination and indigenous sovereignty. She looks forward to working for the Justice and Correctional Services of the Cree Nation.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Indigenous Internships Fund.
Noémie Richard – Elimu Impact Evaluation Centre – Kianyaga, Kenya
Noémie is a 1L student in the McGill Law Faculty. Prior to this, she completed a undergraduate degree in Global and International Studies, majoring in Global Law and Social Justice at Carleton University. During that time, she had the opportunity to work in the Senate of Canada and in the Parliament of Kosovo. Noémie has a passion for travelling which brought her to volunteer, travel, work and live in many parts of the world.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Francine & Robert Wiseman International Human Rights Award, the Francine & Robert Wiseman International Internship Award in Human Rights & the J. Schull & A. Yang Student International Program Fund.
Charlotte Risdale – Centre for Law and Democracy – Halifax, NS
Charlotte is a 1L student in the BCL/JD Program at McGill. She holds an Honours BSc in biology from McGill, and has worked on many fieldwork projects. Her interest in food security and environmental science have motivated her previous work in the non-profit sector and in ecological conservation.
Since starting law school, Charlotte has been involved in research projects with Pro Bono Students Canada and legal clinics. She is currently researching migrant farm workers’ rights in Canada and beyond.
Keenly interested in human rights and comparative constitutional law, she is looking forward to working with the Centre for Law and Democracy this summer.
Internships offered with the generous support of the M. Novak & K. Weil Human Rights Internship Fund & Lindsey Anne Cameron Award.
Brandon Sakoiewátho Bonspiel – Justice Department at the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – Ontario/Quebec/NY border
Bonspiel is a first year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a Minor in Law & Society from Concordia University. Prior to McGill Law, Bonspiel worked at Apple Inc, where he was tasked with business growth, leadership, and technical support duties. Bonspiel has been an intern at Patel Legal Inc. since 2019. Through this experience Bonspiel’s main focus is on pro-bono files catering to minority groups. Additionally, he has been a board member at First Nations Paramedics since 2018. The ambulance company serves his home territory of Kanehsatà:ke. Bonspiel’s interest for human rights is rooted in access to justice and the lack thereof. He is excited to enhance his knowledge of indigenous law, human rights & transsystemic legal mechanisms. For the summer 2022, Brandon Sakoiewátho Bonspiel will be interning at the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Justice Department.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Indigenous Internships Fund.
Poonam Sandhu – Human Rights Watch, New York City, USA
Poonam is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Masters in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Prior to coming to law school, Poonam worked for the Federal Government of Canada and briefly as an impact and evaluation researcher in Lima, Peru. At the Faculty, Poonam is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Inter Gentes: McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism and Project Director for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) – McGill Chapter. A highlight of her time at McGill has been volunteering as a caseworker for the Legal Information Clinic.
Poonam is passionate about interdisciplinary research on human rights issues at both the international and domestic levels. She is deeply grateful to have the opportunity to further her understanding of human rights and international justice through an internship with Human Rights Watch.
Internships offered with the generous support of the J. Schull & A. Yang Student International Program Fund.
Angela Yang – Citizen Lab – Toronto, CA
Angela is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Born in Montreal but raised in Hong Kong, she moved to the United States to pursue a BA at Brown University, where she created her own major in the field of critical humanitarianism. While at Brown, she also spent a semester on exchange in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile studying comparative human rights. Prior to law school, she worked for various organizations engaging with migrants’ rights, anti-human trafficking policies, as well as racial and climate justice in the media.
At the Faculty, Angela is a Senior Editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, an active member of the McGill International Law Society, and a research assistant in equality and discrimination law. She also volunteers with Pro Bono Students Canada at PINAY, where she conducts research on labour laws relating to caregivers.
Angela thinks often about issues of justice and injustice that ignore or transgress borders, in whatever shape those borders take. She is incredibly excited to join the team at Citizen Lab this summer to further unpack those issues.
Internships offered with the generous support of the Faculty of Law Development Fund.
Ayelet Ami is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill University. She holds a DEC in Social Sciences from Dawson College, having completed the program’s Law, Society and Justice profile.
Keenly interested in human rights, she pairs her legal studies with a position as the McGill Wallenberg Advocacy Group’s (WAG’s) Director of Legal Advocacy, fighting for political prisoners’ freedom. She is also a copy editor at the Faculty of Law’s bilingual newspaper, the Quid Novi, and a caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM).
Having gained some insight into the critical interplay between justice and freedom of expression through her work at WAG and into freedom of the press and access to information through the Quid and LICM respectively, she wonders what these rights entail internationally. This summer, she is excited to address this question and more as an intern at the Centre for Law and Democracy in Halifax. Read her posts.
Isabel is a 1L student in the BCL/JD program at McGill. Before starting her legal studies, she completed a BSc in pharmacology at McGill. Her interest in healthcare, human rights and accessibility have driven her academic and research interests.
She currently works as a research assistant at the Ingram School of Nursing Migration and Reproductive Health Research Group and volunteers with Pro Bono Students Canada through the Law Faculty, working to vulgarize family law matters for Inter-Val 1175, a women’s shelter in Montreal.
She hopes to continue working to promote equity at the intersection of health and law in all aspects. The prospect of working on disability rights and access to care this summer promises to be an enriching and exciting experience for her. Read her posts.
Johanna is a first year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. A New Brunswick native, she moved to Montreal to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Honours Philosophy with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies (GSFS) at McGill University. During her undergraduate degree, Johanna worked as a research assistant on topics in feminist philosophy, epistemic injustice and discrimination. She also volunteered on the board of directors at the St-James Drop-In Centre, a centre for those who are experiencing homelessness and marginalization in Montreal.
At McGill, Johanna is a junior editor at the McGill Journal of Law and Health. She also volunteers with the LEX program and the LSA’s Mental Health Committee.
Her legal interests include access to justice, human rights, the intersection of law and health and the philosophy of law. She looks forward to learning more about human rights law during her summer internship with Avocats Sans Frontières. Read her posts.
Katerina is a second-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. Prior to studying law, she was at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was awarded Best Contemporary Studies Honours Thesis for her paper on the phenomenology of LGBTQ-parented families.
En dehors de ses études, elle est passionnée du chant choral et de son travail en clinique juridique, où elle poursuit son intérêt pour l’accès à la justice et la vulgarisation de concepts juridiques.
This summer, Katerina looks forward to promoting international LGBTIQ human rights with the Dignity Network.
Gabriela De Medeiros – Justice Department of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Akwesasne, Québec, Canada
I was born in Brazil and moved to Canada at age 7, and since then have been deeply concerned with the conditions that make it possible for some people to live well and freely while others struggle in poverty.
I have studied languages, communications, and psychology, and eventually found myself at McGill Law, where I have continued pursuing these questions. The major in International Human Rights has given me the incredible opportunity to engage with potential systemic solutions, and I am honoured to be completing this degree with an internship at the Akwesasne Justice Department this summer. Read her posts.
Janelle is a second-year student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs along with a Bachelor of Arts (hon.) in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg.
Prior to attending law school, Janelle worked as a Policy Analyst for Global Affairs Canada in Inter-American Affairs. Previously, she worked in Nairobi, Kenya, as a Special Projects Officer for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, as part of their international youth fellowship program. She also spent time in Geneva, Switzerland as a Junior Policy Officer at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, where she was part of a team that successfully supported the adoption of a resolution on the elimination of violence against women and girls, including Indigenous women and girls, at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council.
Janelle continues to pursue her interests as a law student at McGill. She is currently volunteering for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) as well as the McGill International Law Society (MILS). Read her posts.
Camila Franco – Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica, Perú
Camila is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, and a Certificate of International Learning from the University of Alberta. Prior to coming to McGill Law, Camila worked as a front-line social worker at the Youth Restorative Action Project, a youth justice committee in Edmonton that supports vulnerable youth navigating the justice system.
At the Faculty, Camila is currently a program coordinator for the L.E.X. (Law, Éducation, Connexion) youth outreach program. She is also a case worker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and an active member of Radlaw, where she participates in various abolitionist initiatives and co-produces Legalease,a community radio show.
Camila is passionate about youth empowerment, abolitionism, migrant justice, state accountability, as well as extra-judicial means to expand access to justice such as education, storytelling, and civic participation. She is deeply grateful to have the opportunity to work for the Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Perú (IDEHPUCP) to examine issues related to state corruption and the current forced displacement crisis of Venezuelan refugees in Latin America. Read her posts.
Mehri has finished her first year of the BCL/JD program at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. She holds a PhD in sociology from McGill University, with a specialization in ethnic conflict and civil war. Mehri took four trips to Iran, Turkey, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to conduct field observations and interviews with Kurdish Peshmerga. Her dissertation offers a comprehensive account of the emergence and growth of Kurdish insurgencies and provides insights into practical possibilities of conflict resolution in Iran while situating the conflict in the broader geopolitical context of the Middle East.
Furthermore, as a course lecturer at McGill, her goal has been to help her students develop their critical thinking skills and to create a positive learning environment by respecting and promoting intellectual diversity. Whether listening to the stories of Kurdish Peshmerga, studying/teaching civil conflict and war, or actively engaging in the pro-democracy movements of Iran, Mehri was reminded again and again that justice is not a given, and that strong advocates are needed to help give voice and strength to those who are so often silenced or ignored. Her personal life and academic experiences have reinforced her beliefs in the importance of human rights and the potential of the law to protect and strengthen them. Read her posts.
Christoph is a third-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. He holds a BA in Political Science from the Memorial University of Newfoundland where he wrote a thesis in critical feminist legal studies examining sexual assault law.
Christoph has had a number of experiences at various intersections of human rights and law. Early in his undergraduate degree, he worked for the Victim/Witness assistance program at the courthouse in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he got an appreciation for the impacts of the criminal justice system on Canada’s indigenous peoples. Later in his degree, he was an investigator for the Newfoundland Human Rights Commission. These experiences gave him an appreciation for human rights as both a practical and theoretical project.
Currently, Christoph is interested in projects that allow him to engage with both sides of human rights, working on policy projects with Dyslexia Canada and volunteering at the McGill Legal Information Clinic. He is also a lover of oral advocacy and hopes to be mooting in the coming year. Christoph is excited to learn more about human rights issues at the forefront of Canadian society with the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association this summer. Read his posts.
Garima is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds an Honours B.A. in political science and history from McGill and spent a semester on exchange at Sciences Po Paris. During her undergrad, Garima was lucky enough to gain work experience in venture capital and strategy at the Business Development Bank of Canada and in private equity and impact investing at a firm in London, England.
At the Faculty, Garima is a Senior Editor for the McGill Law Journal and Contours, an active member of the Women of Colour Collective, and a research assistant in tax and contracts. She is deeply interested in the relationship between private law, economic systems, and critical studies. She believes that intersectional approaches are necessary for more equitable legislating and policymaking in traditionally quantitative and business-oriented fields.
Some of Garima’s most meaningful law school experiences took place during her time as a volunteer caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and with L.E.X., an organization that provides legal workshops and mentorship sessions to youth belonging to under-represented groups in legal education and in the legal profession or who face systemic barriers to education. This work cemented her ongoing commitment to access to justice. She looks forward to learning more about and contributing to access to justice initiatives in Northern Canada this summer at the Yukon Human Rights Commission in Whitehorse. Read her posts.
Kendra is a second-year student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She grew up in small-town Nova Scotia and completed a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Université de Moncton. Afterwards, she moved to Ottawa to complete a master’s degree in English literature from Carleton University, concentrating on feminist and queer studies.
At the Faculty, she served as both senior and specialized editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, and as VP Events for Lawyers without Borders McGill. Additionally, she volunteered with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, and completed a Pro Bono Students Canada placement with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. She currently works as a research assistant in the field of health law and has thoroughly enjoyed acting as a group assistant for the first-year extra-contractual obligations course this year.
Kendra is passionate about intersectional feminism, disability rights, and access to justice. In her free time, she loves swimming, biking, and playing the guitar. She is thrilled to undertake a remote internship with the Bulgarian Centre for Non-for-Profit Law, and to engage meaningfully with disability law and policy. Read her posts.
Bryce is a first year BCL/JD student at McGill’s faculty of law. He holds a Bachelor of Music, honours piano performance from Western University and a Master of Music in piano performance from McGill. During his undergraduate degree, Bryce helped organise an improvised music program for adults who were marginalized and housing-insecure with Sanctuary London. He also helped found the Youth Music Network, a free after school music program in Little Burgundy, during his Master’s while working with McGill’s Institute for the Public Life of the Arts and Ideas (IPLAI). Prior to law school, Bryce worked as a music director and collaborative pianist. He is passionate about the intersection of law, human rights, and community development, and is excited to intern with the Indigenous Law Centre this summer. Read his posts.
Niamh is a second-year law student at McGill University and has a particular interest in democracy and governance.
As president of the board of directors of the national nonprofit Apathy is Boring, she helps support young Canadians in becoming active citizens. In the 2019 federal election, Apathy is Boring reached over 1.4 million young Canadians. Niamh is also a board member at the Welcome Collective and at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
Prior to law school, Niamh worked at the McConnell Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that applies social innovation and social finance approaches to Canada’s most pressing challenges, including the equitable transition to a low-carbon economy and the quest for justice for Indigenous peoples.
Given her long-standing interest in democracy, Niamh is delighted to join the team at the Citizen Lab, where she will conduct research on legislative and policy responses to transnational digital repression. She knows nothing about cyber surveillance, but can’t wait to learn! Read her posts.
Attou is a third-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She is also pursuing a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies.
Avant ses études en droit, Attou a complété un DEC en Sciences de la nature au Cégep de l’Outaouais, à Gatineau, sur le territoire non-cédé de la nation algonquine anishinaabe. À McGill, elle s’implique notamment auprès de l’Association des étudiant(e)s noir(e)s en droit depuis 2018 et du journal Contours depuis 2019. Cette année, elle a contribué à la révision du mandat du journal pour adopter une approche intersectionnelle tenant compte de la diversité de genre. En sa capacité de présidente du comité de baladodiffusion, elle a travaillé sur le nouveau balado Outspoken! / Franc-parler!, qui explore le thème de la justice de genre sous cette approche.
Attou is deeply interested in justice both within and beyond institutional mechanisms. Her research interests include critical race theory, decolonial theory, feminist theory, police and prison abolition, and transformative justice. In 2018-2019, she volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada at the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations and worked on numerous cases related to police interactions and racial profiling. She is looking forward to continuing to learn about human rights law during her internship at the Quebec Human Rights Commission this summer. Read her posts.
Kazumi Moore – Canadian Human Rights Commission, Office of the Housing Advocate, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kazumi Moore is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Management and International Relations from McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Kazumi works part-time for the Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC) as an economic policy researcher, as well as at the Faculty as a research assistant for Professor Christians.
Outside of academics, Kazumi is a senior editor for the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution and a caseworker for the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. Her legal interests include international law, access to justice, and income inequality. She is looking forward to interning with the new Office of Federal Housing Advocate and gaining practical experience in the human rights field. Read her posts.
Basile is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in International Studies with a focus on economic development, as well as minors in History and Economics.
Prior to law school, Basile was a member of the Tisch Scholars program, a Tufts-based program connecting students to local organizations leading social justice campaigns. Through the program, Basile worked on reproductive justice with Ibis Reproductive Health and on humanitarian response to natural disaster with Oxfam America.
Basile is interested in better understanding the connections between development, migration and human rights. He is very excited to work on asylum rights this summer with Haitian Bridge Alliance and to learn more on how to combat the unfair and racists U.S. immigration system. Read his posts.
Kassandra Neranjan is a Gender Justice Researcher and Advocate entering her third year in the BCL/JD program at McGill University Faculty of Law. Kassandra completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto. With passions at the nexus of intersectional feminism and global affairs, Kassandra’s research has brought her to examining different experiences of women globally across her academic career. This includes gendered aid provision for Rohingya refugee women and girls in Bangladesh; women’s experiences under security decentralization in Myanmar, women’s adaptive capacity and resilience under climate change; and long-term responses for access to justice in Rohingya refugee camps for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
As a gender justice advocate, Kassandra has spoken in various spaces addressing global affairs and feminist policymaking from the Toronto Women’s March to the United Nations General Assembly. As a law student, Kassandra is executive editor of Inter Gentes: McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, Vice President of the Woman of Colour Collective, and Co-Founder of ‘Dictum’ – the school’s first student-run think tank. Read her posts.
Sarah is a third year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a BA in Human Rights and Legal Studies from Carleton University. She grew up in Thunder Bay, on Robinson-Superior Treaty territory. Before deciding to come to law school, she worked as a server in fine dining, and as a legislative reporter for iPoliticsINTEL, where she primarily followed the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.
At McGill, Sarah works as a Senior Editor with the McGill Law Journal, and as the Co-Executive Editor of Rooted, a multimedia publication which explores and promotes Indigenous law and perspectives. Sarah has also worked in the Faculty of Law as a research assistant on topics in criminal and constitutional law, and as a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, and the Immigrant Workers Centre.
Sarah is very excited to learn and contribute to the important work of the Legal Services Board of Nunavut as a Summer Intern in 2021. Read her posts.
Mohammed is a first-year student in the BCL/JD program at McGill University. He holds a Joint Honours degree in Art History and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist & Social Justice Studies from McGill.
During his undergraduate degree, he interned for Senator Kim Pate, conducting research on mass incarceration in the Canadian penal system. He was also the advocacy coordinator for the Black Students’ Network, during which time he co-organized the inaugural Black Grad.
This summer, he hopes to broaden his knowledge of the intersection between incarceration and social justice through his work at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. Read his posts.
Tim Parr graduated with distinction from Concordia University, with a Specialization in Film Studies (with a Minor in Law and Society) at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. He received the Sandra and Leo Kolber Scholarship for his achievements in the program. He pursued his graduate studies at Mel Hoppenheim where he received the Concordia and De Sève Graduate University fellowships. He also was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier research grant through the Social Science and Human Research Council of Canada (SHRCC) for his thesis on the representation of the World Trade Centre (WTC) in film. After completing his thesis, Parr was admitted the Faculty of Law at McGill.
Parr contemplated studying law before studying film while he was a Liberal Arts student at Vanier College. His studies have been guided by an interdisciplinary approach. While he is interested in criminal law, human rights, and legal technology, he enjoys engaging critically with film, literature, and philosophy. He volunteered as a caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and did legal research for the Center for Research Action on Race Relations through the Pro Bono Students of Canada.
For summer 2021, Parr will intern for the Justice and Correctional Services of the Cree Nation Government. Read his posts.
Nick is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria, and he has worked in the technology and energy sectors of Canada.
At McGill Law, Nick currently serves as a senior editor for Inter Gentes, the McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism. He also acts as a caseworker with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, helping deliver legal information to local community members and thereby seeking to increase access to justice. Nick also volunteers with L.E.X. “Law – Éducation – Connexion”, where he delivers law-related workshops to Montréal high school classes with other McGill law students to aid in democratizing legal instruction.
Nick is very excited to begin his work with the HIV Legal Network; and particularly to learn more about decriminalization efforts for HIV non-disclosure, drug use, and sex work. He is also looking forward to learning more about the intersection of law and policy, as well as advocacy efforts that stem from Canadian non-governmental organizations. Read his posts.
Hannah is a first-year JD/BCL student at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She is a Junior Editor on the McGill Journal of Law and Health. She also volunteers with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, which provides legal advice and information to low-income people in Alberta.
Prior to law school, Hannah completed a MA degree in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded thesis research focused on student engagement in the revision of sexual violence policies at universities in Ontario. During her BA degree at Ryerson University, Hannah worked at the Centre for Women and Trans People on campus where she did a variety of advocacy work pertaining to institutional responses to sexual violence.
Additionally, Hannah has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, The 519 in Toronto, and at the Ontario Ministry of Child, Community and Social Services. These projects have included work on sexual violence, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and trauma-informed mental health care.
Hannah is particularly interested in the accessibility of legal resources, health law, and feminist theory and practice. Read her posts.
Alex is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law originally from New York State, USA.
Previously, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Affairs and French at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, during which time he studied abroad in London, Paris and Senegal. He also interned at New York City Housing Court in the Bronx, NY and in the Political Office of the US Embassy in Kinshasa, DR Congo.
He is excited to increase his understanding of human rights on the international level, and is greatly looking forward to his internship with IHRDA. Read his posts.
Chloe is a second year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. Prior to law, she studied cognitive science and sociology at McGill. After graduating Chloe moved to Ottawa to work in disability management and health systems improvement. She managed short-term disability benefit claims and accommodation requests for clients.
Chloe also completed an internship with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement working to improve care for residents with dementia in long-term care homes in the Maritime provinces. Since returning to Montreal she has volunteered with Climate Justice Montreal, Les Fruits Défendus and completed a permaculture design course. Chloe is excited to be working with the Council for Canadians with Disabilities this summer. Read her posts.
Chrys is a 4L student at the McGill University Faculty of Law. Prior to their legal studies, they completed a Bachelor’s in Social Work at Ryerson University, while heavily involved in equity work and activism around issues of anti-Black racism, decolonization and anti-colonialism, Queer and Trans liberation struggles, mental health, disability and education.
They currently volunteer at the Peterborough Community Legal Centres Trans ID clinic and work as a legal research assistant with JusticeTrans, an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice for trans folks in Canada. Read their posts.
Emma is a second-year student in the BCL/JD program at McGill. Prior to her legal studies, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Development Studies and African Studies at McGill University. Emma’s interest in social justice and human rights led her to pursue experiences interning at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana and with Equitas Centre for International Human Rights Education here in Montreal.
At the Faculty of Law, Emma has been involved as an Executive Editor on the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and on the executive committee of Avocats sans frontières McGill. She also volunteers with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and Pro Bono Students Canada. Emma is very excited to work with Human Rights Watch this summer promoting human rights and international justice, and hopes to pursue similar work upon completion of her legal studies. Read her posts.
Ellen is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities from Carleton University.
She is passionate about work that is disability-inclusive and centers gender, sexual, and romantic minorities. She is also passionate about storytelling, and the ways in which knowledge is built, translated, and shared across regions and communities. Ellen grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and she enjoys spending her free time outdoors.
Ellen is thrilled to be doing her internship with Forum for Human Rights, an organization primarily based in Prague working in strategic litigation on human rights issues. Read her posts.
Jeremy is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Queen’s University and studied at Sciences Po Paris.
Jeremy has worked at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, served on the editorial board of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, and volunteered at a range of legal clinics including the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. He now helps to direct the Wallenberg Advocacy Group, a student club dedicated to defending political prisoners; volunteers at the Clinique juridique itinérante; interns at McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy; and works as a research assistant. Jeremy’s interests are underpinned by the pursuit of justice. Read his posts.
Taryn is a second-year law student in the BCL/JD program at McGill. Prior to starting law school, she completed a dual degree Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Political Science with a minor in International Relations (UBC) and a Bachelor of Arts from Sciences Po, Euro-American campus de Reims, France.
At McGill, TarYn works with the International Refugee Assistance Project, researching and writing blog posts on Canadian immigration and refugee law. She also volunteers with Solidarity across Borders, working on humanitarian and compassionate grounds claims.
Her legal interests combine human rights, immigration and refugee law, and using the law to combat gender discrimination. Read her posts.
Mathew Yaworski is a mature student and second year BCL/JD student. He holds Honours Bachelor of Arts (York), Master of Public Administration (Dalhousie), and Master of Industrial Relations (Queen’s) degrees.
A lifelong stutterer, Mathew is a proud member of the Canadian Stuttering Association and McGill Law Club for Persons with Disabilities. He is passionate about disability rights, employment equity, and workplace and social justice. He served as the Student Accessibility Commissioner for the Dalhousie University Student Union. He was also a member of the Policy Pro Bono Program at Queen’s University, where he worked as an advisor to Outreach St. George’s Kingston, a non-profit secular organization assisting vulnerable persons.
Since arriving at McGill, Mathew volunteered with Lawyers without Borders. This year, he worked as a Junior Student Advocate with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and was President of the McGill Labour & Employment Law Club. He continues to serve as a Student Ambassador for the Faculty of Law.
Prior to attending McGill, Mathew worked as a policy advisor and in human resources (labour relations), in the private and public sectors. He previously worked for General Motors of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Government of Canada, the University of Calgary, and the City of Toronto. Read his posts.
Summer 2020: because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our summer 2020 interns worked remotely, some did an internship with a local NGO instead, and others deferred until next year.
Nilani is a second-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from McMaster University and a Master’s of Sciences degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa.
Prior to attending law school, Nilani was a research assistant at the Perry Lab at York University, where she assisted on a project exploring the experiences of parents raising children with development disabilities. At the University of Ottawa, Nilani was a member of the EnRiCH lab, where she was involved with community-based projects focusing on health, resilience and disability.
Nilani is particularly interested in the intersection of health law and human rights. Currently, she is a Senior Editor for the McGill Journal of Law and Health and a research associate with the Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Transnational Environmental Governance at McGill University. She is looking forward to learning more about the implementation of human rights and anti-discrimination law at the Yukon Human Rights Commission this summer. Read her posts.
Amanda is a second year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she moved to Montreal during high school. Prior to studying law, she obtained a DEC from John Abbott College in Liberal Arts.
Outside of the classroom, Amanda serves as VP Clubs and Services on the Law Students’ Association. She also volunteers at the Legal Information Clinic and is an associate managing editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law. This past summer, she interned at West Island Community Shares, where she worked on projects aimed at supporting local NGOs. This work led to an interest in community-based approaches to human rights issues. She is also interested in the intersection between human rights, environmental justice, and intergenerational equity. Amanda is excited and very grateful to have the chance to broaden her understanding of human rights law this summer – and to improve her French!
Shadaye is a second year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Education from McGill University and a MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto. Through her studies, she has been able to build upon and further explore her interdisciplinary interests in law, sociology and criminology. This interest has led her to pursue diverse experiences in the public sector while engaging in various community-oriented initiatives.
As a contributor to “Open Dialogue with the Surviving Families of Homicide Symposium”, a joint initiative between the Ontario Provincial Police and the University of Toronto, she contributed to policy recommendations that offered law enforcement different perspectives on criminal investigations that include the need for victim-focused training to support and respond to crime victims effectively.
Gemma Dingwall – Justice and Correctional Services of the Cree Nation Government, Waswanipi, Québec (télé-stage)
Gemma est en deuxième année de droit à McGill. Avant son entrée à McGill, elle a habité à Ottawa pendant cinq années où elle a fait son Baccalauréat en français à l’université Carleton et travaillé pour le gouvernement fédéral. Elle est passionnée des droits humains dans le système de justice, notamment, l’application du droit dans les communautés rurales et isolées.
Gemma currently volunteers with Action Réfugées completing detention review reports and is developing legal workshops for Maison Plein Coeur through McGill Pro Bono program. Gemma is also a recreation representative for McGill’s Nordic Ski team.
Gemma is currently a McGill Global Health Scholar. This program provided her with the opportunity to conduct a research project in Eeyou Istchee on cyberbullying. She is looking forward to returning to the region to work with the Cree Nation’s Department of Justice and Correctional Services. Read her posts.
Amina termine sa deuxième année en droit à McGill. Avant cela, elle a étudié au Cégep de Saint-Laurent dans le programme de double DEC en Danse et en Sciences naturelles. Le côté créatif de cette expérience lui a ouvert l’esprit à la découverte des sciences humaines et plus particulièrement du droit.
Elle s’implique à McGill dans différents clubs et journaux étudiants dont Contours et Animal Advocacy Club / Défense animale où elle fut impliquée dans la création du club. Elle a aussi été bénévole pour la clinique d’information juridique de McGill et a commencée à s’impliquer avec Élèves Pro-Bono au CRARR.
Pour l’instant, elle s’intéresse à de multiples facettes du droit allant du droit constitutionnel à la propriété intellectuelle. Elle a très hâte de commencer son stage auprès de l’organisation Aswat Nissa et de pouvoir se replonger dans ses racines maghrébines. NOTA BENE: suite à la pandémie de la COVID-19, Amina effectuera plutôt son stage avec le CRARR à Montréal.
Maya Gunnarsson – Justice Department, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Ontario/Quebec/NY border (remote internship)
Maya is a second-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill and an M.A. in Canadian & Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Her master’s thesis looked at the role of the media in the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, with a particular focus on the attacks on Tina Fontaine and Rinelle Harper in 2014.
Prior to coming to law school, Maya worked as a researcher for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and completed an internship at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since coming to law school, Maya has volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, as well as with LEX, a high school outreach program. She is also the Executive Online Editor for the McGill Journal of Law and Health.
Maya is excited to for her placement in Akwesasne with the Mohawk Justice Department. She is looking forward to learning more about Indigenous law-making and self-determination, while being immersed in Mohawk culture. Read her posts.
I am a first-year student at McGill and excited to be part of the International Human Rights Internships Program for the upcoming year! To say a little more about myself: I grew up in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. I then spent my undergraduate years at Harvard studying social studies and getting a citation in French.
I was lucky to receive a fellowship from Harvard that allowed me to pursue a master’s in Sciences Po in Paris for two years, during which I studied International affairs with a concentration in human rights.
At McGill, I am currently involved in the legal clinic, working as an intake officer. I am also a junior editor of Inter Gentes, the Journal for International Law and Legal Pluralism. Read her posts.
Nevada is a third year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She grew up in Montreal and completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She also completed a Women’s Studies certificate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia. While working at Concordia, she worked at the CSU’s Legal Information Clinic, as well as at the CSU’s Advocacy Centre. These experiences helped guide her to apply to law school.
Nevada has really appreciated the more practical experiences she’s had in law school. Over the summer of 2019, she began shadowing the director of Innocence McGill, and is now a co-director for the 2019-2020 school year. This experience has solidified her interest in criminal law, but it has also taught her countless other things. In addition, she’s was a previous volunteer at a local sex-workers organization called Stella, in which she participated in an ongoing legal research project in documenting sex-work cases throughout Canada. Throughout her studies, she was also getting to know McGill better by working at McGill’s Office for Students with Disabilities.
Nevada is really passionate about intersectional feminism, as well as discussing issues of oppression. She thrives on being able to help people and make meaningful connections. She will be interning over the summer at the Bulgarian Centre for Not-For-Profit Law and is very excited to get to know the capital city of Sofia. Read her posts.
Mehlka is a first year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She grew up in India and Kuwait, and holds a Joint BA in History and Political Science and an MA in Political Science from McGill University. During her graduate degree, she spent one year on exchange at Sciences Po, Paris specializing in security studies and economic policy.
At the Faculty, she is volunteering with the Food and Agriculture Law Clinic (Pro Bono Students Canada) and serving as a junior editor on the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law. Passionate about issues of sustainability and governance, she hopes to expand her toolkit by practicing both research and litigation during her summer internship. She is particularly looking forward to working on diverse projects related to the rights of migrant workers, indigenous peoples and children as well as corporate social responsibility at the Ateneo Human Rights Center in Manila, Philippines.
Jasmine Razavi – Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, Montréal, Québec (télé-stage)
Jasmine est une étudiante de deuxième année du programme BCL/JD de la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill.
Tout en travaillant à temps partiel dans un cabinet-boutique en droit des affaires à Montréal, Jasmine explore sa passion pour la politique, le droit international et le droit criminel en s’impliquant un éventail varié activités. Elle est notamment chroniqueuse en droit criminel au Comité Recherche et Législation du Jeun Barreau de Montréal, coach de l’équipe NMUN du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf et impliquée au sein d’Avocats Sans Frontières McGill pour la deuxième année. Elle a aussi participé au programme Women in House McGill durant sa première année et a eu la chance de suivre une sénatrice au Parlement du Canada.
Jasmine aura l’opportunité de poursuivre son intérêt pour le droit public en étant la première étudiante de McGill à la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse. Read her posts.
Hanna Rioseco is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She volunteers with the McGill Corporate Accountability Project and is a layout editor for Quid Novi, the Faculty’s student newspaper. Hanna also holds a Bachelors of Science in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, where she focused her studies on visual culture, political persuasion, media as dissidence, and transnational media flows.
Prior to her legal studies, Hanna worked at PBS’ flagship station, WNET. She oversaw the digital presence of both local and national on-air programs, many of which she grew up watching herself. She was also involved in the development of digital-first initiatives, including Uncovering NYC, a web series about the legacy of New York’s first free Black communities, and First Person, a digital series about LGBTQ+ identity.
Hanna is interested in exploring the role of media in promoting democracy and its influence on culture and society. As the digital age continues to advance in unpredictable ways, Hanna is excited to learn how the law can ensure that all forms of media, both old and new, uphold democratic values and promote equality and access to justice. She is excited to combine and utilize her passion for human rights and expertise in digital culture this summer at the Centre for Law and Democracy in Halifax. Read her posts.
Kayla Maria Rolland – Disability and Climate Justice Working Group, Montreal, Quebec (remote internship)
Kayla Maria Rolland is a second year BCL/JD student. Prior to law school, she completed a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University, where she was a staff writer and assistant editor of the Queen’s International Affairs Association’s publication The Observer and sat on the executive of Queen’s Amnesty International.
Here at McGill, Kayla is a senior editor of the Inter Gentes Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, VP-Finance of the McGill International Law Society, and a staff writer with the McGill International Review. In addition to her studies and extracurricular involvement, she also continues to work part-time with her summer employer.
Kayla is thrilled about the opportunity to join the One Earth Future Foundation this summer, and is much appreciative of the support of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. NOTA BENE: because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kayla Maria did a remote internship with the Disability and Climate Justice Working Group, instead of with the originally planned internship partner). Read her posts.
Sandrine is in her first year as a BCL/JD student in McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds an Honours BA in international development from McGill University.
In the past, she has been an intern for Cyclo Nord-Sud, an NGO promoting sustainable mobility through increasing accessibility to bicycles. She also completed an Environmental Impact Assessment report during an internship with the Smithsonian Institute in Panama. She also did social work and taught piano and voice lessons in Sherbrooke, her hometown.
At the Faculty, Sandrine organizes events for the Indigenous Law Association de Droit Autochtone (ILADA) and volunteers for the Yukon Human Rights Commission through Pro Bono Students Canada.
Andrea is a third year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from McGill University. Andrea is interested in the intersection between human rights, immigration and labour law.
At the Faculty, Andrea is a senior editor for the McGill Law Journal and enjoys writing for the student paper. In her first year of law school she volunteered with ProBono Students Canada at the PINAY Filipino Women’s Organization in Quebec. In her third year, Andrea volunteered with an immigration advocacy non-profit organization based in El Paso, Texas.
This summer, Andrea is very much looking forward to working with colleagues from across South America and learning about the promotion of international justice through the work of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica. NOTA BENE: because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea did a remote internship with Montreal’s Wallenberg Centre instead of with her originally planned NGO). Read her posts.
Marie-Denise est étudiante de deuxième année à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill et a précédemment obtenu son diplôme d’études collégiales au Collège André-Grasset. Native de Montréal et Afro-Québécoise, elle est intéressée par l’enjeu de l’autodétermination politique et socio-économique des pays africains. Elle travaille présentement pour le Centre sur les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique de McGill au niveau de l’organisation de Dialogues sur la Paix qui réuniront des dirigeants de l’Afrique de l’Ouest en mars 2020.
Passionnée par le litige, plus particulièrement le droit criminel et familial, elle a très hâte d’entreprendre son stage aux services d’aide juridique Maliiganik Tukisiinakvik à Iqaluit, au Nunavut, afin de pouvoir développer plus encore son intérêt pour les droits de la personne.
Marie-Denise est aussi impliquée bénévolement auprès de diverses organisations œuvrant dans différentes sphères de la société, allant notamment de l’appui aux personnes en situation d’itinérance avec la Clinique Juridique itinérante à la promotion du féminisme au sein du milieu juridique en tant que co-coordonatrice de Law Needs Feminism Because – McGill Chapter. Read her posts.
Sara Wright is a first-year BCL/JD student at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Columbia University. During her time at Columbia, Sara interned with the Legal Aid Society where she assisted undocumented youths obtain legal status to remain in the United States. Prior to attending law school, she spent two years as a litigation paralegal in New York City.
At McGill, Sara is an associate editor for the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution and an active member of the McGill Muslim Law Students’ Association. Her legal interests encompass human rights, alternative sources of dispute resolution and access to justice. She is looking forward to interning with the Yukon Human Rights Commission and gaining practical experience with the legal implementation of human rights. Read her posts.