Seanna Howard

Director, International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop; Professor of Practice

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.


  • 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

  • Externship Coordinator; Professor of Practice
    Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona
    2008 - present
  • Research Fellow, Staff Attorney
    Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona
    2006 - 2008
  • Legal Analyst & Policy Advisor
    Assembly of First Nations, Renewal Commission, Ottawa, Ontario
    2004 - 2005
  • Junior Legal Counsel
    Children's Aid Society of Hamilton, Ontario
    2003 - 2004
  • DFAIT Young Professionals Program
    Molo Songololo & Legal Resources Center, Cape Town, South Africa
    2002 - 2003
  • Student-at-law
    Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Children's Lawyer, Toronto, Ontario
    2000 - 2001