Ambassador Shin is Director of the Center for International Law of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. During his diplomatic career, since he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977, Ambassador Shin has held various positions including Director-General of the Treaties Bureau (2002-2004), Deputy Permanent Representative at the Korean Mission to the United Nations (2004-2006), Ambassador to the State of Israel (2006-2008), First Vice-Minister (2009-2011) and Second Vice-Minister (2008-2009) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador to Japan (2011-2013). Currently, Ambassador Shin is also affiliated at the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Seoul National University as a Special Research Fellow. He is also a Korean member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a board member of the Community Chest of Korea, and an advisor to the Citizen’s Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.
Ambassador Shin became a Patron of the AP R2P Centre in 2015.