Sheila Varadan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University and a Masters of Law in International Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recently, Sheila acted as Head of Legal Programmes for ECPAT International in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to ECPAT, Sheila worked as an International Legal Advisor with the International Commission of Jurists focusing on access to justice and rule of law in South and Southeast Asia. Sheila has also worked as a Rule of Law Specialist with the International Rescue Committee where she led community-based programming on youth justice issues in the ethic Burmese Refugee Camps on the Thai-Myanmar border. Prior to entering the human rights field, Sheila worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Provincial Youth Courts in Ontario Canada. Sheila is a qualified barrister/solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada and was awarded the Harold G. Fox Scholarship to complete barrister pupillage in Middle Temple Inn in London, United Kingdom.
Sheila’s PhD focuses on the legal meaning of ‘evolving capacities’ under international child rights law as it relates to the sexual rights of adolescents.