Simon Chesterman was named Australian Rhodes Scholar in 1997 and went on to study International Law at Magdalen College, Oxford University. He completed his doctorate in 2000, writing on the subject of humanitarian intervention.
Simon joined the International Peace Academy in September 2000, prior to which he worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and with the office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. His current work examines the role of the United Nations in state-building activities in places including Kosovo, East Timor and Afghanistan.
He was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Singapore in 2012.