Seánna Howard

Director, International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop; Associate Clinical Professor; Affiliated Faculty Human Rights Practice & Latin American Studies

Seánna Howard teaches International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples and the International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop. Professor Howard has been with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program since 2006, representing indigenous communities on precedent setting cases before the Inter-American and United Nations human rights systems.

Through the International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop, Professor Howard provides law students the opportunity to work on live cases and advocacy efforts before international human rights bodies. She has represented the Western Shoshone, the Chiricahua Apache, the Maya of the Toledo District in Belize, the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group of Canada, and is currently lead counsel for the Navajo Nation on their petition to the Organization of American States.  Currently, Professor Howard and her  workshop students are supporting the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) University of Ottawa, Ontario
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies University of Waterloo, Ontario

Work Experience

  • Director & Professor of Practice, International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop
    Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona
    2011 - present
  • Faculty, Executive Board Member, Human Rights Practice
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona
    2017 -  2021
  • Faculty, January in Tucson Program
    Native Nations Institute and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona
    2014 - present
  • Externship Director
    James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
    2013 - 2017
  • Clinical Staff Attorney
    Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona
    2006 - 2020
  • Legal Analyst & Policy Advisor
    Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa, Ontario
    2004 - 2005
  • Junior Legal Counsel
    Children's Aid Society of Hamilton, Ontario
    2003 - 2004
  • Canadian Bar Association & Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights – Young Professionals Program
    Placement: Molo Songololo & Legal Resources Center, South Africa
    2002 - 2003
  • Articles of Law
    Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Children's Lawyer, Toronto, Ontario
    2000 - 2001

Admitted to Practice

  • Law Society of Ontario
    2002 - present