Scott Sheeran is a Fellow and was formerly Senior Lecturer, at the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex.

He has taught, researched and practiced in the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law and United Nations law. He has guest lectured at leading international institutions, and published on various issues in leading journals. He was co-editor with Professor Sir Nigel Rodley of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on International Human Rights Law.

Scott’s prior work experience includes a number of years in the New Zealand Foreign Service, including two postings to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Scott was Senior Legal Counsel in the New Zealand team on the UN Security Council in 2015-16.

Scott has been previously a legal counsel in a constitutional law firm in New Zealand, a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, and a UNITAR Fellow at Columbia Law School. Scott has a Master of Laws (International law) from the University of Cambridge, and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.


  • –present
    Director of the LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex