CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE Law, GovErnance & Society LAB


Nilani Ananthamoorthy, Research Associate (2019-present)

Nilani Ananthamoorthy is a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab and is working on research focused on disability rights and climate change. Nilani is in her first year of the BCL/LLB Programme at McGill University and is a Junior Editor with the McGill Journal of Law and Health. She holds degrees from the University of Ottawa (M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences) and McMaster University (Honours B.H.Sc., Minor in French). Her thesis research examined perceptions of capability among female stroke survivors in the context of disaster risk reduction. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa and York University, where she was involved in community-based projects focusing on health, resilience and disability.

Ling Chen, DCL Candidate (2018-present)

Ling Chen is a doctoral student in the Law, Governance & Society Lab. He is currently completing his DCL degree under Sébastien’s supervision at the McGill Faculty of Law. His current research focuses on the relationship between mini-climate clubs and mega-environmental instruments. Ling previously worked for the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where he provided research and analysis on the market-based approaches and the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement. Ling holds an LL.M. from the University of Toronto. Before coming to Canada, he completed an LL.B. and a B.A. (second degree in English), and an LL.M. from Beihang University in Beijing. He also obtained a certificate in public international law from The Hague Academy of International Law, and a certificate in Taiwan’s legal system from National Chengchi University in Taipei. In addition, He has published articles and co-translated books both in Chinese and English. He received the Certificate of Legal Professional Qualification of China in 2012.


Géraud de Lassus Saint-Geniès, Post-Doctoral Scholar (2017-present)

Géraud de Lassus Saint-Geniès is a post-doctoral scholar with the Law, Governance & Society Lab. He is currently a SSRHC Postdoctoral Scholar at McGill Faculty of Law as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. His current research focuses on the role of law and legal institutions in climate change adaptation in Canada and his research interests include climate law and governance, transnational regulatory processes, and the link between culture and sustainable development. He holds an LL.D. from the Faculty of Law of Laval University and from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He also holds an LL.M in public international law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before joining McGill, Géraud was the Assistant Director of the Goldcorp Research & Innovation Chair in Natural Resources & Energy Law at Laval University. His work has been funded by the SSRHC, the Fonds de recherche Québécois – Société et culture and the Fondation Charles de Gaulle.


Katherine Lofts, Research Associate (2016-present)

Katherine Lofts is a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab and conducts research on global efforts to build linkages between human rights and climate change. She recently completed an LLM on rights-based discourses in the international climate regime under Sébastien's supervision. She has also collaborated with Sébastien on a range of projects and publications relating to public participation in climate governance, human rights and climate change, and critical approaches to international law. She holds BCL, LLB, and LLM. degrees from the McGill University Faculty of Law, as well as an MA in English literature (McGill) and a BA in English (Honours) (University of Victoria). In addition, Katherine completed a law clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada and has served as the Programme Manager for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law's Climate Change Programme.


Morgan McGinn, Research Associate (2019-present) 

As a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab, Morgan McGinn is working on an analysis of climate change litigation in Canada to date and looking toward future potential litigation. She is finishing her second year in the BCL/LLB programme at the McGill Faculty of Law, and holds a B.A. (Hons) from Mount Allison University. Through the faculty, Morgan has been providing legal information at the Immigrant Workers Centre legal clinic as well as managing Contours Legal Journal: Voices of Women in Law. This summer, she will also be doing a legal clinic at the Native Friendship Centre. Outside the faculty, Morgan is committed to her role as a climate justice community organizer. She has been part of Climate Justice Montreal for the past three years, and before that was part of the university fossil fuel divestment movement. Last summer she interned with the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation to represent First Nations clients in cases involving major natural resource extraction projects.

Audrey Mocle, Research Associate (2016-2019) 

Audrey Mocle is currently working as an Associate with Enodo Rights, a business and human rights consultancy based in New York. As a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab, Audrey contributes to research initiatives focused on corporate social responsibility. She completed her Honours BCL/LLB at McGill University in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill as well as a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Audrey has also worked in strategic business and human rights litigation and clerked with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has published papers on best practices in human rights in the context of corporate risk and supply chain management.

Larissa Parker, Research Associate (2019-present) 

Larissa is a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab, where her work focuses on the human rights dimensions of loss and damage, the development of legal rights for future generations, the repression of environmental crimes, and equality rights in the context of climate change. She is a BCL/LLB candidate at McGill’s Faculty of Law, Senior Editor of the McGill Sustainable Development Law Journal, and a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. Prior to being a law student, Larissa completed a Master’s of Science in Environmental Governance at Oxford University and a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Toronto. Her MSc research focused on the non-economic loss and damage of climate change on the Cook Island Māori and explored the potential for adaptive management in the region. In her spare time, Larissa works for a youth-run non-profit called Youth Climate Lab and is an activist with Climate Justice Montreal.


Shannon Snow, Research Associate (2017-2019)

As a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab, Shannon Snow collaborates on research focused on human rights, Indigenous Peoples, and climate justice in the Canadian Arctic as well as the relevance of Indigenous legal traditions and practices to the field of business associations.  Shannon is a BCL/LLB Candidate at McGill University, with prior degrees from University of Toronto (Hon. B.A., Political Science) and University of Salamanca (D.E.S.) in Spain. She is the recipient of the Randal J. Barker Research Assistantship in International Law and Social Justice from McGill Faculty of Law. Before returning to school, Shannon worked at the Canadian International Council (Toronto) and Pilot Communications, a business consulting firm in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Shannon is also the is the Director of Healthy Legal Minds | Ju(ri)stes en santé, and throws herself into theatre at every opportunity.

Michael W. Stone, Post-Doctoral Scholar (2019-present)

Michael W. Stone is a post-doctoral scholar with the Law, Governance & Society Lab and conducts research on global governance of the environment and Indigenous law. Michael completed his PhD at Yale School of Environment and Forestry with a dissertation on the application of the US Lacey Act as a method of combating global trade of illegal timber. He is collaborating with Sébastien on a range of projects and publications relating to public policy, Indonesian environmental policy, and critical approaches to international law.

FORMER Members OF THE LaW, Governance & Society LAB


Sara Andrade, Research Assistant (2017)

Simone Cavanaugh, Research Associate (2017-2019)

Arielle Corobow, Research Associate (2016)

Anna Côté, Research Associate (2017-2018)

Rosine Faucher, Research Assistant (2016-2018)

Kathryn Hansen, Research Assistant (2015-2017)

Jinnie Liu, Research Assistant (2016-2017)

Talia Ralph, Research Associate (2018-2019)

Shannon Snow, Research Associate (2017-2019)

Julien Tremblay-Gravel, Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Gwenyth Wren, Research Assistant (2018)

Suzanne Zaccour, Research Assistant (2015-2016)