CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE Law, GovErnance & Society LAB
Simone Cavanaugh, Research Associate (2017-2019)
Simone Cavanaugh is a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab and conducts research into rights based approaches to health and disability as well as the impacts of climate change on people with disabilities. Simone is a graduate of McGill Law’s BCL/LLB program with a major in International Human Rights and Development, where she co-lead the Disability & Human Rights Initiative seminar series and the Disability Portfolio of the Human Rights Working Group. During her time at McGill, she founded Pivot International, a non-profit organization that advocates for and works with children with disabilities in developing countries. Simone also sits on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, advising PM Justin Trudeau on issues pertaining to young women and youth with disabilities in Canada. She is currently completing an OceanPath Fellowship focused on developing a human rights education workshop for families of children with disabilities in Nicaragua.
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 (2017-2019)
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 (2016-2019)
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.
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.
Talia Ralph, Research Associate (2018-2019)
As a research associate with the Law, Governance & Society Lab, Talia Ralph focuses on how environmental litigation can be used as a form of entrepreneurship to change policy that fails to adequately address environmental degradation. She is particularly interested in how law can be used as a tool to make the world a better place to live, eat, and work. Talia is in her final year of the BCL/LLB Programme at McGill University, and also holds a Master's degree Food Systems from NYU and an Honours Bachelors degree in Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College. Before law school, Talia was a content curator for Facebook, an editor for GOOD Magazine's Food vertical and Taste Talks' food festival series, and a food policy reporter for outlets like VICE, Punch, Forbes, Edible Manhattan, and Edible Brooklyn. In 2017, she worked as a legal intern at Harvard's Food Law and Policy Clinic, and recently completed an exchange at Vermont Law School.
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.
Gwenyth Wren, Research Assistant (2018-2019)
Gwenyth Wren is a research assistant with the Law, Governance and Society Lab where she will be working on projects concerning the impacts of climate change on human rights and people with disabilities. Gwen is currently completing her BA at McGill University in Environment and Development. Interested in the intersection of environmental law, climate policy and human rights, Gwen has previously worked as a research assistant in McGill’s Geography Department where her research focused on the area of environmental justice. She is involved in various sustainability groups on the McGill campus while she also contributes regularly as a writer for the McGill Tribune’s Science and Technology section, a capacity in which she hopes to inspire people to get involved in sustainability and climate action related issues. Gwen is also highly passionate about volunteering, spending much of her free time helping with a number of community outreach programs, the rest of it is spent in the outdoors, reading, or eating ice cream.
FORMER Members OF THE LaW, Governance & Society LAB
Sara Andrade, Research Assistant (2017)
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)
Julien Tremblay-Gravel, Research Assistant (2017-2018)
Suzanne Zaccour, Research Assistant (2015-2016)