Sheila Varadan, LL.M.

Independent Scholar, Bangkok, Thailand

Sheila Varadan is a qualified international human rights lawyer with over ten years of experience in legal research, advocacy and human rights programming.   Sheila recently headed the Legal Programme at ECPAT International - a global network of 90 civil society groups across 82 countries working to eradicate child sexual exploitation. Prior to joining ECPAT, Sheila was an International Legal Advisor with the International Commission of Jurists for four years, focusing on accountability and rule of law in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Sheila also worked as a Rule of Law Specialist with the International Rescue Committee where she led community-based programming on access to justice in three ethnic Burmese refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border. Prior to entering the human rights field, Sheila spent a year as a Fox Scholar, completing barrister pupillage in Middle Temple Inn in London, United Kingdom. Sheila also practiced law as a criminal prosecutor for the Ministry of Attorney General in Ontario, Canada.

She holds a Masters of Law in International Human Rights (distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she was a Chevening Scholar, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (distinction) from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Common Law (distinction) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (distinction) from McGill University. Sheila is currently pursuing a PhD in Law at the University of Leiden, focusing on adolescents’ sexual rights and agency under international law.