Petra Molnar, Acting Clinic Director

Petra Molnar is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada and an alumna of the IHRP, J.D. (Toronto), LL.M. (Cambridge) 2019. She has worked on forced migration and refugee issues since 2008 as a settlement worker, researcher, and lawyer. Petra regularly shares her work domestically and internationally and specializes in immigration detention, health and human rights, gender-based violence, and the politics of refugee, immigration, and international law. She is currently exploring the human rights impacts of automated-decision making and artificial intelligence in Canada’s immigration and refugee system, in a joint project with The Citizen Lab.

Petra articled at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, which works with women who have experienced violence, and is on the executive committee of the Canadian Association for the Study of Forced Migration. She is also starting a research institute and working on a book on the Syrian conflict and refugee resilience with her Syrian collaborator Mayss al-Zoubi. 


Vincent Wong

Vincent Wong, Research Associate

Vincent Wong, B.Com (Toronto) 2010, J.D. (Toronto) 2013, LL.M. (Columbia) 2019, is an Adjunct Professor and the William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. 

Vincent was previously Staff Lawyer at the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, where he litigated and provided advocacy in the areas of migrant rights, sex worker rights, housing, social assistance, mental health, employment standards, and police accountability. Most recently, he was a James Kent Scholar and Human Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School, where he worked as a Research Assistant at the African American Policy Forum and researched the impact of conflict and military occupation on youth education in Kashmir for the CLS Human Rights Clinic.

Vincent has advocated before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and has provided expert testimony before numerous legislative bodies. He is currently Secretary of the Board of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNC-TO).

 Ashley Major

Ashley Major, Research Associate

Ashley Major (BA, JD, LLM) is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada and an alumna of the IHRP (2017). Ashley specializes in issues of criminal law and gender-based violence. In 2012, she convocated with a degree in Human Justice (Great Distinction) from the University of Regina. Ashley worked for two years as a domestic violence counselor with the Regina Transition House. Ashley then attended law school at the University of Toronto. She interned at Human Rights Watch (Women’s Rights Division) in New York and at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic in Toronto during her law studies.

Ashley was called to the bar in 2018. She articled at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office – Criminal. In this role, she drafted facta and conducted legal research on criminal appeal files before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2019, Ashley convocated with an LLM in Public International Law (Advanced), specialising in International Criminal Law, from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.