Yuan Y. Stevens (they/them) is a legal and policy expert focused on AI governance, human rights, and health.


They work towards a world where powerful actors—and the systems they build—are held accountable to the public, especially when it comes to equity-seeking communities. 


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Yuan brings years of international experience to their role as Academic Associate at the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University, having examined the impacts of technology on marginalized populations in Canada, the US, and Germany. Their work examines the sociolegal dimensions of emerging technology, with a focus on artificial intelligence, privacy, data protection, human rights, and health. They are a research affiliate at Data & Society Research Institute

Yuan obtained their JD and BCL from McGill University, winning numerous awards for their academic excellence and contributions to their community. Yuan completed their LL.M concentration in law and technology at the University of Ottawa, where the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society recognized them with its Impact Award for their thought leadership on cybersecurity, data governance and digital rights.

They have worked at Amnesty International in London, UK, the Leadership Lab (now the Dais) at Toronto Metropolitan University, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society as well as the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Centre for Internet and Human Rights in Berlin.

Committed to publicly accessible legal and technical knowledge, Yuan has written for popular media outlets such as The Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen and has been quoted in news stories by The CBCThe Globe & Mail, and The New York Times.

Yuan enjoys travel, plants, animals, reading (especially non-fiction), sci fi, comedy, playing mahjong, and dancing with friends on the weekend.

You can find Yuan on LinkedIn and Google Scholar.