Student Coordinators & Researchers

Ashli Au (Disability Initiative)

Ashli Au
Ashli Au (she/her/elle) is a 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 the intersection of law with marginalized groups with a particular focus on gender and sexual minorities. At the Faculty, she has volunteered with the McGill Law Journal’s 1L podcast team and LawNeedsFeminismBecause. She has also worked with EGALE, McGill’s Subcommittee on Queer People, and Dignity Network amongst other groups.

Casey Broughton (Disability Initiative)

Casey Broughton
Casey Broughton (she/her/elle) is a second year student in the BCL/JD program at McGill’s Faculty of Law. She previously completed a BSc. in Mathematics with a Minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at UBC Vancouver. She has a strong interest in human rights and social justice, most especially intersections of neurodivergent and queer experiences as well as the rights of workers and the equity implications of urban planning and access to public transport. At McGill, Casey has written for Professor David Howes’s Law and the Senses project and volunteered with the McGill Labour & Employment Law Club.

Justin Jalea (Scholars at Risk; Communications)

Justin Jalea
Justin is a BCL/JD candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Justin holds a master’s degree from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, and an MA and BA (Hons.) from the Universities of Alberta and Toronto, respectively, both in philosophy. Justin is an internationally recognized consultant for projects that seek to achieve positive social change through music. In his dual role of musician/activist, Justin has collaborated with organizations such as Americans for the Arts, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the United Nations Orchestra and Singers. He has founded numerous vocal ensembles that foster compassion and action for diverse social causes, including the New York City-based activist ensemble Inspire: A Choir for Unity, whose community building-work is featured in his forthcoming book chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Music.

Justin is an adjunct professor of Human Rights and Philosophy in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Durham College in Ontario. Previously, he taught freedom of religion, economic inequality, and social movement theory at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Justin is JUNO-nominated tenor, appearing frequently with professional choirs such as the Canadian Chamber Choir, and the choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal.

Riley Klassen-Molyneaux (International Human Rights Internship Program)

Riley Klassen-Molyneaux
Riley Klassen-Molyneaux graduated in May 2022 with his BCL/JD from the McGill Faculty of Law. Prior to coming to law school, he earned three degrees with the University of Calgary: a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Master of Arts in French literature. In that time, he was fortunate enough to study in France and Quebec City. In the first summer of law school, he was a human rights intern in Colorado and has been reading and writing in the field ever since. Among other things, he is interested in law, philosophy, economics, and psychology. He will be clerking at the Court of Appeal of Quebec in June 2022.

Jiasi Liu (O'Brien Programs and International Clerkships)

Jiasi Liu
Jiasi is a BCL/JD candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Spurred by an interest in development, Jiasi interned at the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Yunnan, China, an experience which piqued her curiosity in environmental policy. Since then, she has worked as an ESG Analyst and has held research assistant roles in the Departments of Art History and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley.

Jiasi holds a BSc in Environmental Economics and BA in Political Philosophy from the UC Berkeley-Sciences Po Paris Dual Degree Program. At the Faculty, Jiasi is a Junior Editor for the McGill Law Journal and Co-President of the McGill Art Law Association. She is interested in third-generation human rights in the context of just transitions, and the role of scientific knowledge within environmental law.

Elise Mallette (Disability Initiative)

Elise Mallette is a third-year student at the McGill Faculty of Law and an Associate Editor of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law. In 2014, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French with a thematic concentration in Socio-Cultural Identity from the University of Mississippi.

Elise is interested in international relations, environmental law, and sustainable development.

Shona Moreau (Douglas & Roy Events & Internship Program)

Shona is a B.C.L./J.D. candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law with an interest in family and human rights law. She is currently managing editor of the McGill Law Journal and works for the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel Office in the House of Commons of Canada. Prior to starting her law studies, she notably had the privilege to work at the House of Commons, Microsoft Canada, the Senate of Canada, Justice Canada, and the Canadian Permanent Mission in Geneva.

Kayla Maria Rolland (O'Brien Programs & Internship Program)

Kayla Rolland
Kayla Maria Rolland is a 4L student and program coordinator for the O’Brien Graduate Fellowships and the International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP).

An alumnus of IHRIP herself, Kayla interned with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism in summer 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted her initial internship plans. She has been involved with a variety of clubs and activities during her time at McGill. Off campus, she is the chair of the National Law Students Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and has led committees related to student debt and mental health with students and young lawyers from across Canada.

Ellen Spannagel (Disability Initiative)

Ellen Spannagel
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.

Angela Yang

Angela Yang
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 is interested in issues of justice and injustice that ignore or transgress borders, and in interrogating the shapes of those borders. 

Raina Young (Communications)

Raina Young
Raina is a BCL/JD candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Prior to coming to McGill, Raina completed a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa. Raina has previously worked for the public service at Global Affairs Canada and the Privy Council Office. She has also worked as a Migration Policy Assistant at the Mission of Canada to the European Union in Brussels, and completed a student fellowship at The Refugee Hub in Ottawa.

Outside of her studies and work, Raina serves as the Director of Engagement for the non-profit Ally Squared. She also volunteers with the events committee of the Indigenous Law Association at the Faculty of Law.

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