General Counsel and United Nations Liaison
Seth Shelden is General Counsel and United Nations Liaison for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition working to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. As General Counsel, he leads ICAN’s internal legal affairs and provides guidance on a wide range of legal matters. As United Nations Liaison, he represents ICAN in promoting universalization and implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and he assists governments in signing and ratifying the treaty.
After nearly seven years at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, today Mr. Shelden is also a partner at the law firm of Farkas & Neurman, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. Previously, Mr. Shelden has held visiting professorships at the Cardozo School of Law (also as an Adjunct Professor), the University of Latvia (as a Fulbright Scholar), and Toyo University (as a Fulbright Specialist).
Mr. Shelden holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a B.A. degree, with Honors and Distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a certificate in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.
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