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Kirsteen Shields is a human rights law expert with a PhD in international law and governance. She is a lecturer in international law and food security at the University of Edinburgh, at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security. She was the recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh / Fulbright award for research on food and land reform at Berkeley, University of California 2017/18. 

She has published on international human rights law, corporate compliance, European human rights law, UK constitutional law in the contexts of land reform, labour rights and ‘ethical trade’ systems. She has led and authored research for the World Bank, the Scottish Land Commission, the Scottish Parliament, and others. She has extensive experience of teaching on human rights law at European, international and UK levels at postgraduate and undergraduate law.



PhD in international law, Queen Mary, University of London.

European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, European Inter-University Centre, Italy. 

LLB Hons in Law with French, University of Glasgow, UK / University de Nanterre, Paris X, France.

PostGraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, University of Dundee.



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