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Student Fellows


Clémentine Blateau

Clémentine Blateau is a French exchange student at McGill University. After her dual bachelor’s in International Law and Foreign Languages, she is currently studying for a master’s degree in International Law and Human Rights. She is particularly interested in the protection of cultural heritage in war time, religious extremism, genocide prevention, minorities rights and gender-based violence. Concerning the future, she ambitions to pass the bar in France and to pursue a career in NGOs as a legal advisor.


Jasmine Dhalla

Jasmine Dhalla is an undergraduate student at McGill University where she studies Political Science and Philosophy. She is a member of the McGill Journal for Political Science and McGill Political Science Students’ Association. She is particularly interested in Middle Eastern politics and how it is tied to conflicts and wars, terrorism, religion, and peacemaking. She is also fascinated by global environmental issues and politics. Regarding the future, she hopes to fulfill a career that presents opportunities in global and domestic security, peacemaking, human rights and conflict resolution.


Thelma Guérin

Thelma Guérin is currently studying for a master’s degree in Political Science – Public and International Affairs at the University of Montreal. She is interested in international relations and international security. Having lived abroad in Germany, and Poland, her different academic experience developed her interest in the issue of understanding and preventing mass violence. For the future she wants to continue to evolve in an international environment, she considers a career in diplomacy but also working in international organizations related to the field of international security and human rights. 


Sooraya Peerally

Sooraya Peerally is a graduate student at the University of Montreal. After having completed a bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science she decided to focus on international relations and is now pursuing a Master in Public and International Affairs. She is interested in civil wars and the challenges of mass civil disobedience, particularly in the era of social media. Having grown up in Reunion Island and Mauritius Island, she is also attentive to the dynamics in the Indian Ocean between bordering states, western powers and developing powers such as India and China. Regarding the future, she considers a career in NGOs and is interested in journalism as well, in the hope to be an advocate for human rights and sustainable development in the South.


Antoine Tremblay

Antoine Tremblay is a fourth year law student at McGill University. He specializes in international law and constitutional law, with a particular interest in how to build effective international institutions to advance global democracy, human rights, pluralism, sustainability and intergovernmental cooperation. Having interned in China and studied abroad in France, as well as having worked in Parliament in Ottawa, he aims to apply what he has learned to his work here at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Later, he ambitions to pursue a career in diplomacy or politics. 


Karen Rubbo

Karen Rubbo is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Honours International Development Studies with a minor in Health Geography at McGill University. Born and raised in Montreal, she is interested in issues pertaining to human rights violations, particularly those related to gender inequalities and the burden of disease. Her previous experiences include interning at the International Bureau for Children’s Rights and  completing a field course in Guatemala related to food insecurity and sustainable agriculture. She’s excited to take advantage of the opportunity to intern with MIGS and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and experiences.


Lauren Salim

Lauren Salim is graduate student currently studying for a master’s degree in Human Rights at the University of London. She previously received her B.A. in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. During her undergraduate degree, she spent some time in Uganda where she was inspired by the people and their stories of resiliency. In the past she has served on the board of directors for an organization aimed at helping youth through their experiences with grief and loss. Lauren is interested in the intersection between human rights and the digital realm including combatting online hate and online extremism. After completing her studies, she would like to pursue advocacy and policy work for upholding and internalizing human rights.


Kylea Shropshire

Kylea Shropshire is an international affairs and conflict prevention professional currently based in Central Asia. She has experience living and working in many countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Senegal and Tanzania. Presently, she is writing for Mediators Beyond Borders International and is interning with the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and Search for Common Ground in Kyrgyzstan. Current projects include researching methods of preventing violent extremism in Central Asia and designing grant proposals for human rights promotion in the region. She also researches for the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK). Recently, she was working as a Long-Term Election Observer for the Canadian bilateral mission to Ukraine with CANADEM during the presidential election. She completed her honours bachelor degree in international studies and modern languages at the University of Ottawa and her master’s degree in international and Diplomatic Studies at the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague. Her thesis titled “Sport, Corruption and Human Rights: The Case of FIFA,” looked at the role of mega sporting events and the impact they can have on human rights. For the foreseeable future, she is searching for opportunities in human rights, humanitarian affairs, diplomacy, anticorruption, conflict prevention, mediation, and disarmament.

Past Interns

Patrick Groeneveld-Meijer

Helena Lang

Fatou C.D. Ndiaye

Haley Moore

Caroline Feldner

Alexandrine Royer

Duncan Cooper

Rutvi Ajmera 

Isabela Coleho

Greer Nicholson

Emily Enright

Silke Melbye-Hansen

Isabelle Tamoj

Lilian Leifert

Cedrick Mulcair

Chantalle Gonzalez Lopez

Marrisa Fortune

Riley Haley

Erin Storus

May White-Vimouth

Nathalie Hitimana

Zach Sementes

Zach Paikin

Arvin Eyunni

Adan Suazo

Lea Watrin now works for the All Parliamentary Group on the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity

Meaghan Shevell

Camila Gomez-Perales

Alejandra Espinosa

Adrien Orloowski

Aminka Belvitt

Randy Pinsky

Myriam Menard

Jonathan Rozen

Neekoo Collett

Sarah Wiley

Kaitlin Davella

Christoph Semken previously served as an Assistant for Information Technology and is currently completing his Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics at the University of Aberdeen. His latest publication "Tracking the Blue: Phone and Vehicle Location Systems for UN Peacekeeping" is available at

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