Renée Mulligan | Board of Directors

Renée Mulligan is a lawyer at Woodward and Company in Victoria, BC. Her practice includes developing, drafting and implementing laws and policies for First Nations governments and communities. She obtained her undergraduate degree in geography (B.A.) and her law degree (LL.B) from the University of British Columbia. Renée completed her articles with a criminal defence law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was called to the bar in 2003, worked in private practice for two years, and worked with the BC provincial government leading law reform projects from 2005-2020 where her work involved leading high-profile civil law, human rights, and administrative law reform projects, including the development of the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner in British Columbia with amendments to the Human Rights Code. Renée trained, supervised and mentored over 20 law students and many new lawyers and policy analysts during her career with the provincial government. Renée is a long-standing and active supporter and advocate for the Karenni Social Development Center, a refugee-run school teaching human rights located near Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Since 2017 she has been a board member of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, and has advocated for a variety of international issues, including by addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Renée is actively involved as an Associate of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria.