Sean joined the Tom Lantos Institute in 2019 as the International Programme Coordinator, overseeing the organisation and implementation of the Tom Lantos Institute’s international projects. Originally from the UK, Sean holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) and is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. He has also completed courses on Public International Law and International Human Rights at the Université catholique de Louvain.
Sean began his career at a top UK law firm, specialising in clinical negligence and mental health law. His work focused primarily on providing litigation advice on complex medical negligence cases and advising on cases involving deprivations of liberty, the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act. When living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sean worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees where he led a project with the Child Protection and Statelessness units. This investigated the process for obtaining birth certificates in order to identify the problems faced by the refugee community and to provide practical and long-term solutions to address these difficulties. Sean also assisted with research on ‘Complementary Pathways’, identifying alternative, regulated routes for refugees to be resettled outside of Malaysia. Sean speaks English and understands basic Spanish.