Sonya Sceats has been an associate fellow in the International Law programme at Chatham House since 2005. Her area of expertise is international human rights law and institutions.
Since 2012, Sonya has led a multidisciplinary project for Chatham House on the implications of China's rise for the international human rights system. She combines her role at Chatham House with work on international human rights issues in the non-profit sector.
Previously she worked in a range of research roles at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sydney University and the Australian National University.
She is a qualified Australian lawyer with a BA First Class Hons in political science, an LLB from the Australian National University, and an MA in social sciences from The University of Chicago.
Areas of expertise
- International human rights law
|Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture|
2012 - 13
Policy and Advocacy Manager, Freedom from Torture
2010 - 12
Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now known as Freedom from Torture)
2008 - 10
Policy and Advocacy Officer, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture
2006 - 08
|Policy and Research Officer, British Institute of Human Rights|
|2006 - 07||Human Rights Adviser, Transition Team for the Equality and Human Rights Commission|
Human Rights Training Officer, British Institute of Human Rights
Research Associate, Northwestern University School of Law
Research Assistant, Department of Political Science and the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Research Assistant, Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
Research Assistant, Australian Centre for Public and International Law
- China and the International Human Rights System Chatham House Report 1 October 2012
- Africa's New Human Rights Court: Whistling in the Wind? Chatham House Briefing 23 March 2009
- The Trial of Saddam Hussein Chatham House Briefing 1 October 2005
- Trumpian Isolationism Could Help China Become a Leader in International Law 18 January 2017
- China's Fury Over South China Sea Belies Its Legal Insecurities 04 July 2016
- China’s Cyber Diplomacy: A Taste of Law to Come? 14 January 2015
- China's Careful Shift on Human Rights at the UN 02 December 2013