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Mr Scott Sheeran

Position in departmentSenior Lecturer (on leave until January 2017)
Telephone01206 873383
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Mr. Scott Sheeran is currently on leave until January 2017 while acting as the Senior Legal Counsel and Leader of the Sanctions and Peace Operations Teams in the New Zealand delegation to the UN Security Council in New York, USA.

Scott is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Human Rights in Iran Unit and Director of the UN Peacekeeping Law Reform Project at the University of Essex.

Scott teaches and researches at Essex in the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law, United Nations law, diplomacy, and peace operations. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Universal Rights Group based in Geneva and has worked in international human rights advocacy. Scott has experience with UN peace operations and was an invited expert for the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations of the UN Secretary-General. He has published in and reviewed for various international academic journals and publishers, and guest lectured at institutions including the universities of Cambridge, NYU, Columbia, Virginia, and American University in Cairo.

Scott’s prior experience includes working in the New Zealand Foreign Service, with an appointment as Vice-Chair of the UN Legal (Sixth) Committee of the General Assembly, and was a member of the Bureau of the International Criminal Court Assembly of State Parties.

Prior to the New Zealand Foreign Service, Scott worked as legal counsel in a constitutional law firm and as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Scott has a Master of Laws (International law) from the University of Cambridge, and was UNITAR Fellow at Columbia Law School.


LLB (Hons) BCom (Hons) (Otago) LLM (International Law) (Cambridge) Dipl (Oceans Law and Policy) (Rhodes)

Research interests
  • United Nations and International Organisations Law and Policy
  • Diplomacy and Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • UN Peace Operations Law and Policy
  • International Relations and Legal Theory
  • International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Books and Chapters

S Sheeran & Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, Routledge Handbook on International Human Rights Law (forthcoming 2013) (a new cross-cutting book of the 42 total chapters from world-leading experts)

S Sheeran, ‘United Nations Peacekeeping and the Use of Force’, in M. Weller (ed.), International Law and the Use of Force (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2013)

S Sheeran, ‘International Human Rights Law and Public International Law: Understanding the Relationship’ in Sheeran & Rodley (eds.) Routledge Handbook on International Human Rights Law (forthcoming 2013)

S Sheeran, ‘International Human Rights Obligations and the United Nations: Who Guards the Guardians?’ in Sheeran & Rodley (eds.) Routledge Handbook on International Human Rights Law (forthcoming 2013)

S Sheeran & C Bevilacqua, ‘The UN Security Council and International Human Rights Law: A New Theory’ in Sheeran & Rodley (eds.) Routledge Handbook on International Human Rights Law (forthcoming 2013)

Journal Articles

S Sheeran, ‘Reconceptualizing States of Emergency under International Human Rights Law: Theory, Doctrine and Practice’ Michigan Journal of International Law (forthcoming April 2013)

S Sheeran, ‘International Law, Peace Agreements and Self-Determination: The Case of the Sudan’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly 60(2) (2011) pp. 423-458

S Sheeran, ‘A Constitutional Moment?: United Nations Peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, International Organizations Law Review 8 (2011) pp. 55–135

Other Papers

S Sheeran, M Nayyeri, O Hlinomaz & C Bevilaqua, ‘The Death Penalty for Drug Crimes in Iran: An Analysis of Iran’s International Human Rights Obligations’, Human Rights in Iran Unit, Research Paper Series, (March 2013) (55 pages)

S Sheeran, ‘Contemporary Issues in UN Peacekeeping and International Law’, Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, University of Essex, Briefing Paper Series IDCR-BP-02/11 (2011) (14 pages)

S Sheeran, ‘UN Peacekeeping and the Model Status of Forces Agreement’, UN Peacekeeping Law Reform Project, University of Essex (2010) (65 pages)

S Sheeran, ‘UN Peacekeeping and International Human Rights Obligations’, UN Peacekeeping Law Reform Project, University of Essex (2010) (69 pages)

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