Sean Fraser is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Central Nova. He was elected to the House of Commons in 2015.
Originally from Merigomish, Fraser has spent the last few years working in the litigation and international dispute resolution practice groups in the Calgary office of Canada’s top-ranked law firm. He also serves as an Associate Research Fellow with Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.
Fraser has worked to promote access to information laws with a human rights organization in Johannesburg, South Africa. He helped to facilitate various public education and advocacy campaigns that enhanced the ability of marginalized groups to access information held by the government of South Africa.
Fraser has a long history of volunteering. He served as the Vice-President of a local branch of the United Nations’ Association in Canada, assists self-represented individuals involved in civil court proceedings, and served as the President of St. F.X. Students’ Union during his undergraduate studies.
Fraser holds a Master’s degree in public international law from Leiden University’s Advanced Studies program in the Netherlands, where he specialized in peace, justice, and development. He also holds a law degree from Dalhousie University with a specialization in business law, and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier.
He has contributed to a series of written legal publications and papers on topics, including the role of access to information in promoting development, the proposed UN Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate poverty, ethics in the practice of international arbitration, and gross negligence in the Canadian energy industry.
Fraser is married to Sarah Burton, a civil liberties lawyer originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.