Sarah Beamish

Lecturer, Master of Global Affairs program
Sarah Beamish

Areas of interest

  • International law
  • Human rights
  • Global justice
  • Indigenous law
  • Public policy


MGA bio

Sarah Beamish is a practising lawyer and founder of a law firm focusing on work with Indigenous people and other groups that face systemic discrimination. Sarah has extensive experience in the human rights field as an activist, researcher, advocate, and governor, including over 16 years working at the international level. She served on the International Board of Amnesty International for eight years, including as its youngest-ever Chair from 2019-2021, and she helped lead the organization’s work on global strategy, human rights policy, governance reform, and feminist, anti-racism, and equity initiatives. Sarah holds a Juris Doctor, Master of Global Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She was born and raised on Treaty 6 territory, her ancestors come from western Europe and Aotearoa-New Zealand, and she is a member of the Ngāruahinerangi (Māori) people.


International Legal Challenges