Board of Advisers


Admiral Cristiano Aliperta

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Admiral Cristanio Aliperta has had a comprehensive maritime career spanning over 38 years service in the Italian Coastguard. He graduated with honors in Economics in Rome before entering the Naval Academy in 1978 directly to the Italian Coast Guard and where he reached the highest rank of Admiral. He has commanded many important Italian ports and during his career he has presided over numerous SAR activities, pollution, fisheries protection and safety of navigation matters. All these activities brought him in direct contact with the world of seafarers. From 2010-2011 he served as the Head of Department for the Safety of Navigation of the Italian Coast Guard.From 2011 -2015 he held the post of Maritime Attache at the Italian Embassy in London as well as acting as the Alternate Permanent Representative of Italy to the IMO, IMSO and the IOPC Fund. In those years, he participated actively at all IMO committees, specifically focusing on piracy at sea and mass migration. Admiral Aliperta was also part of the Italian drafting team for guidelines for the embarkation of armed guards on board merchant ships. He holds a Master’s degree in External Relations and Intelligence. Admiral Aliperta now is retired from the Italian Coast Guard, but continues to work in the maritime sector as a subject expert and adviser.

Robert Greenwood

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Robert Greenwood has been involved in the Fishing Industry since 1995 and started off working on small fishing vessels working in the English Channel, fishing mainly for Crabs and Lobsters. He became a Seafish Approved Instructor in 1999 teaching health and safety as well as navigation, seamanship and radio courses. In 2014 Robert was appointed as the National Federation of Fishermans Organisations (NFFO) Safety and Training Officer, a role that involves representing the English, Welsh and Northern Irish fishermen at national and international levels.

Robert is also a member of the UK ILO C188 working group, who’s work involves adapting the UK laws affected by the scope of the Work in Fishing Convention – a task that is closely linked to the work of Human Rights at Sea. Above all Robert works to improve safety and working standards across the industry, to promote the lifestyle and produce that the fishing industry provides.

Lieutenant Commander Samantha Truelove MBE Royal Navy

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Sam Truelove was shortlisted for the 2014 European Diversity Awards Inspirational Role Model of the Year Award and shortlisted for the British LGBT Awards 2015 (positive role model), National Diversity Award 2015 (LGBT Role model) and Inclusive Networks National Awards (Network Leaders of the Year with her Co Vice-Chair of the the Royal Navy’s Compass Network – Lt Cdr Chris Wood. [Compass is the Royal Navy’s Sexual orientation and Gender Identity network].

Sam was born in South Africa and went to school in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Coronado, CA, USA. She worked as a scuba instructor in Egypt for 4 years before joining the Army Air Corps in 1998. After a short period as an Air Trooper she commissioned into the Royal Logistics Corps from Sandhurst in April 2000. During her time with 17 Port and Maritime Regiment (as a Troop Commander), Marchwood she deployed on Operation AGRICOLA (Kosovo) and took part in Exercise Saif Sareea in Oman (RFA SIR GALAHAD).

On transferring to the Royal Navy she spent some time in HMS ARK ROYAL before completing Junior Supply Officers Course 86 at HMS RALEIGH and joined 820 Naval Air Squadron as the Staff Officer (HR/Personnel). During her time on the Squadron, she was involved in the rededication of the Squadron on transition from Sea King to Merlin helicopters, deployed to Oman (RFA FORT GEORGE and in Seeb, Muscat) and also completed a short stand alone tour to Iraq (Operation TELIC) as an individual augmentee in 2004.Sam completed Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Maritime) at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham in July 2006 before joining the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood where she worked in the J1 Division (HR and Personnel) working with the Permanent Joint Operating Bases (Cyprus, Gibraltar, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands), the Service Secretary and taking part in Exercise Bersama Padu in Singapore.Post Northwood, she joined HMS SOUTHAMPTON as the Deputy Logistics Officer (legal, HR, Personnel and Secretarial duties) at the end of an Operation VELA deployment (West Coast of Africa) and completed an Atlantic Patrol Task (South) [APT(S)] deployment (Caribbean, South America and West Africa) before joining the Maritime Battlestaff. As Military Assistant to Commander United Kingdom Task Group (Personal Secretary to senior Naval Officers and Executive functions) they deployed to the Gulf (HMS CAMPBELTOWN, HMS CHATHAM, RFA CARDIGAN BAY) as Commander Task Force 158 (Operation TELIC) working in the Northern Arabian Gulf and on the Iraqi Oil Platforms (routinely travelling from Baghdad, Basra, Kuwait, Bahrain, Dubai to the ships and platforms in the northern Gulf).After a series of pre-deployment courses in early 2009 she deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in July 2009 in support of Operation HERRICK (HQ ISAF Media Officer). She completed Advanced Logistic Officers Course 0903 in April 2010 and joined HMS EDINBURGH as the Logistics Officer (Legal, Secretarial, Administrative, Medical, Logistics and all support Services Manager as well as Public Relations and Media Officer and Dmage Control Officer) in May 2010, bringing the ship out of refit and taking her through Basic Operational Sea Training and another APT(S) deployment back to the South Atlantic via Africa. She joined Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces in September 2011 as the Military Assistant to the Commandant General Royal Marines (Private Secretary to Senior Royal Marines Officers and private office Manager) and deployed on Ex Cold Response in Norway and Ex Eager Lion in Jordan. She joined the Naval Staff in August 2013 as an International Defence Engagement Officer where she uses her links and understanding in the Diversity and Inclusion space to assist some of the countries in her area of responsibility – whether that is assisting in providing Royal Navy Policy and advice on integration of Women into Navies (specifically in the Latin America region) and latterly in the LGBT space where many countries still face various issues and are at various stages of their journey towards equality for all.

Sam is the Royal Navy Triathlon Association Ladies Captain and team Coach and a committee member of the Naval Service Women’s Network. She enjoys scuba diving, kite-surfing, snow boarding, a good book, a mean game of chess and a glass of red wine if it is raining. She was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in The Queens 2016 New Year Honours.

Toral Pattni

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Toral Pattni is a Gender expert and the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to Care International based in London. She was previously employed in Mali under the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative of the UK Foreign Office where she delivered training to Malian soldiers on International Humanitarian Law and led training on Gender, Protection of Women and Girls and Child Protection as part of the European Union Training Mission 9EUTM). She has also worked for the International Rescue Committee in South Sudan as a Rapid Response Protection Manager, leading protection components of emergency humanitarian response programmes in conflict-affected zones and working with Women’s Protection and Empowerment staff to deliver gender-sensitive protection assessments and projects.

Prior to that she has held roles with the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group as a Gender Specialist consultant for a DFID-funded research programme in Democratic Republic of Congo and she spent over two years working for the Gender Office of the United Nations Stabilisation and Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

Jean Gowin

Jean Gowin

Jean Gowin is the Managing Director of Jeanius Consulting and a media professional with wide-ranging business experience in both domestic and international markets. Jean has more than twenty years’ experience in this field, with the last fifteen years including maritime.

Jeanius Consulting is an independent marketing services company offering PR & marketing, social media management, business development and creative solutions. Comprised of two divisions, maritime and non-maritime, Jeanius has quickly grown both locally and globally; with Jean successfully combining a diverse range of clientele.

Being an active member of many organisations, including BIMCO, InterManager and the UK Chamber of Shipping, Jean, along with her team ,strive to not only promote their global clients, but to also highlight the overall worldwide image of shipping and its ever increasing role in the global economy.

Jean’s wider maritime industry work involves being a committee member of the Maritime Industries Leadership Council, where she participates in their image working group alongside industry and DfT representatives. Jean was also instrumental in creating London International Shipping Week, and has recently been working alongside Seafarers UK, on Seafarers Awareness Week – showcasing seafaring and highlighting ‘Opportunities at Sea’.

In her non-maritime role, Jean is a Non-Exec Director of SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) where she is Business Lead for Skills – working to help business & education close the regional skills gap, and she is also on the Board of MK Business Leaders, a prominent local business organisation.

Previously, Jean co-owned a maritime publishing and PR company heading up marketing, sales, events and administration, having overall responsibility for the global sales of the company’s world-leading publications.

Jean encourages an open and team orientated way of working and has a great sense of CSR, involving herself and Jeanius in many charitable and fundraising activities alongside day-to-day business. She has been a whole- hearted supporter of Human Rights at Sea since its inception.

Captain Milind J. Karkhanis

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Captain Milind J. Karkhanis started his sea career in 1978 and has 15 years sailing experience progressing from Cadet to Master while sailing on Tankers, OBO, Dry Cargo, Bulk carriers and Container ships.

In 1993, he commenced his shore career as a Marine Superintendent with Confidence Shipping, a ship manning company in Mumbai and then moved over to American Bureau of Shipping, where he was responsible for the ISM / ISO activities of the Bureau in India. In 1996, he relocated to Hong Kong to take charge of the Operations, Security, Safety and Quality departments of New Asian Shipping Company, a ship management company having 48 ships, with MOL Tokyo as its principal.

Milind now works at Videotel, London, where he joined in 2005 after relocating from Hong Kong. Videotel is the leading maritime training provider. At Videotel, he is frequently consulted on the latest regulatory and legislative changes introduced by the IMO and on the development of training programmes related to the operational and technical aspects of ships. He regularly liaises with Flag State Administrations and other regulatory bodies to organise the approval and accreditation of training programmes produced by Videotel.

Milind has maintained a close rapport with the P&I Clubs, IMO, Intertanko, Intercargo, OCIMF, SIGTTO, CDI, WMU, IMEC, Leading Classification Societies, USCG, BIMCO, ECA, MCA, The Nautical Institute, IMarEST, MAIB, ICC-IMB, etc. He has also delivered presentations at various seminars and conferences including at the IMO and the WMU.

Dr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán

agustin_blanco_bazanDr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán graduated at the University of Buenos Aires and studied Philosophy, International Law and Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria. In 1984 he joined the IMO (International Maritime Organization as Interregional Adviser in Maritime Legislation. He was promoted to Senior Legal Officer in 1987 and Head of the Legal Office in 1999. Until his retirement from IMO in 2010 he was the Organization´s Focal point for Maritime Law and Law of the Sea, including regular consultations with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS).

He was also actively involved in the organization of the travaux preparatoires of many diplomatic conferences, as well as in the drafting of multilateral instruments in the field of liability and compensation for environmental damage and other maritime claims. In the field of crimes at sea he participated in the drafting of the 2005 Convention on suppression of unlawful acts against safety of navigation (SUA), as well as the Djibouti Code of Conduct for the suppression of piracy. He has organized national and regional seminars and workshops to promote the implementation of these and other IMO treaties. He has extensively lectured on these issues at several academic venues and is the author of articles and essays on maritime law and the law of the sea published in specialized media.

At present, Dr. Blanco-Bazan works as international lawyer and consultant and lecturer specializing in maritime law and law of the sea; crimes at sea (piracy and maritime terrorism), maritime environmental law (prevention of pollution from vessels); and liability and compensation in the field of maritime law. As a consultant he has worked for IMO, UNODC, drafted maritime legislation for developing countries, and advised non-governmental institutions and private companies on issues such as environmental maritime law, and piracy. He is also a visiting professor at the School of Higher Studies of the Argentine Coastguard and legal advisor to the Argentine Government at IMO meetings. Also lectures at several academic venues such the ITLOS Nippon Programme, Université Louvain La Neuve, Belgium, Queen Mary College London, Institute Oceanographique France, University of Buenos Aires Argentina, University of Porto Portugal, Yeosu Law of the Sea Academy, Republic of Korea, etc. Resides in London.

Dr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard

aleka_mandaraka_sheppardDr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard (LLB, LLM, Ph.D, Dip. I.A.CIArb)
Maritime Arbitrator, Mediator, consultant on risks and maritime law, Chairman LSLCWith over 30 years of experience in the practice and teaching of shipping law, Aleka enjoys applying the law as a maritime arbitrator since 2006 in cases involving disputes arising out of charter parties, bills of lading, marine insurance, shipbuilding contracts, sale and purchase. She accepts appointments under the LMAA Terms.
Memberships: CIArb.; the Baltic Exchange; LCIA; LMAA (aspiring full member).

Commercial/ legal experience and practice
After her studies in law at Athens University (LLB, 1st Hons.), her qualification as a barrister (1974), her study in shipping law at UCL (LLM, merit), and the award of Ph.D (KCL), Aleka gained her experience in shipping legal and commercial business in the City of London and through her private practice in advising ship-owners on risk management and delivering seminars in-house. She has pioneered education in risk management since 1997.

She started her career in 1979 as claims’ assistant with Sedgwick Forbes (insurance brokers),
then with Richards Butler (solicitors), and the Britannia P & I club.
Having qualified as a solicitor (taking all the papers prior to
the establishment of conversion courses for European lawyers), she practised shipping law with Holman Fenwick and Willan, where she dealt
with a wide range of disputes in litigation and arbitration: such as, those arising under charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding and
MOA disputes, as well as claims of multifaceted nature arising from the total loss of ships, either due to a collision, or fire on board, or
extreme weather, or the shifting of cargo, or other reasons.

Teaching and development of further education

In 1993 she joined the Faculty of Laws of University College London to pursue her interest in teaching and writing. Being appointed as the Director of the postgraduate shipping law studies, she:
• Developed the courses,
• Taught and examined students in Admiralty law, marine insurance, and carriage of goods by sea,
• Set up the Shipping Law Unit,
• Founded the London Shipping Law Centre for further education of professionals.

She resigned from her full-time faculty position in 2006 to devote time to her developing arbitration practice, and was appointed as a Visiting Professor.

• Books: ‘Modern Maritime Law’, 3rd ed 2013, vol 1 on Risks and Jurisdiction, vol 2 on Managing Risks and Liabilities (Informa law from Routledge); (1st ed 2001 and 2nd ed 2007 used widely by many professionals and students).

• ‘Marine Perils in Perspective’ in ‘Modern Marine Insurance’ ed. R. Thomas;
• ‘The ISM and its Effect on owners’ and managers’ liabilities’ in ‘Liability and Compensation under International Maritime Law’, 2001, 4th International Symposium, Piraeus Bar Association;
• ‘Termination issues under Shipbuilding contracts’ in ‘International Maritime Law’ IMLI book, expected to be published by OUP within 2014.
• Articles in journals and the maritime press cover a variety of subjects: ‘jurisdictional issues and risks’, ‘the duty of good faith’, ‘charterers’ lawful or unlawful orders’, ‘indemnities under charter parties’, ‘without guarantee’, ‘economic duress’, ‘The Starsin’, ‘the ISM and risk management, ‘safety issues and EU law’, ‘criminalisation’, ‘dispute resolution’ case law analysis, and review of books.

More recent notable articles include:
• ‘Demystifying the Right of Election in Contract Law’, SALJ (March 2006) and JBL (June 2007) referred to by judges in Singapore;
• ‘When is a serious risk of piracy serious enough for the law?’ JIML(2011), issue 6;
• ‘Wrongful Arrest of Ships – a Case for Reform’, JIML (2013) vol 19, issue 1;
• ‘New Trends in Piercing the Corporate Veil’ paper delivered at the Athens 8th International Conference in Maritime Law’ (October 2013) and in London (LSLC event, December 2013), published in BLR February 2014.

Contribution to the legal profession and the shipping industry
She serves the industry by leading the activities of the LSLC, that is: promoting the advancement of, or reform in, the law and regulation, multidisciplinary knowledge in shipping, risk management, and career development of many professionals involved in the Centre.
She addresses conferences in the UK or abroad on maritime topics, when time permits.

Dr. PETRIG Anna, LL.M. (Harvard)

anna_petrigDr. Anna Petrig initiated the Sea Piracy Project of the Max Planck Institute for International and Foreign Criminal Law in Freiburg (Germany) in 2009 and managed it until the end of 2011. In 2013 she completed a research project on the transfer of piracy suspects to third States for their criminal prosecution at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Her current research focus is human rights at sea, especially in the areas of migration, law enforcement and the use of private maritime security companies. She is a keen supporter of the “Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international maritime initiative.

Anna Petrig earned her law degree from the University of Freiburg (Switzerland) in 2003. During her studies, she spent a year at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris (France) where she specialized in European law. Anna Petrig holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (USA) where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar during the academic year 2006/2007 and focused on international human rights law. She is a member of the Bar of the Canton of Berne (Switzerland) and the New York State Bar (USA). She holds a PhD from the University of Basel (Switzerland). Her broad legal experience includes work in private practice, the courts and the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva (Switzerland).

Commodore Barry W Bryant CVO FCIPD Royal Navy

Commodore-Barry-Bryant-RN-Director-General-Seafarers-UKBorn in Dorchester in 1949, Barry Bryant joined the Royal Navy in 1968 after deciding that the Fleet Air Arm looked a lot more fun than university. After several years flying as an Observer in anti-submarine helicopters from various ships, he became one of the first aviators to complete the Principal Warfare Officers’ course before returning to aviation as a Lynx Flight Commander in HMS BRILLIANT during the Falklands conflict, during which he was Mentioned in Despatches.

After a narrow escape from a Lynx ditching in 1983 he became First Lieutenant of HMS ANDROMEDA before being promoted Commander in 1986 and taking command of HMS HERMIONE and then HMS JUPITER. The inevitable spell in MOD running officers’ training policy was followed by a frenetic two years as Commander Sea Training at Portland. There were brief spells at Northwood and in First Sea Lord’s office, either side of promotion to Captain in 1992, before a further two years in MOD as an Assistant Director in the Defence Systems area.

In 1995 he escaped to Antarctica for two glorious seasons in command of HMS ENDURANCE, surely one of the best sea jobs in the Navy with almost complete independence in the wilds of the South Atlantic. Barry’s final four years in the Service were spent as the Director of Naval Service Conditions and of the Naval Personal and Family Service, covering almost every aspect of the personnel spectrum from pay to welfare, and education to equal opportunities. One of the most satisfy¬ing areas was the control of in-Service charities including the Sailors’ Fund and the Fleet Amenities Fund, and the consequent close liaison with the prime ex-¬Service charity areas. It was therefore a happy coincidence that he was appointed as the Director General of Seafarers UK [the former Kings George’s Fund for Sailors] taking office in May 2002.

Barry lives in East Sussex with wife Tracy, a former WRNS Fleet Analyst and their two teenage children. He takes great pleasure in being the President of both the Chatham Naval Officers’ Association and the Tunbridge Wells Sea Cadet Unit, and was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in December 2010 by Her Majesty The Queen.

Captain Michael Lloyd, RD**, MNM, FNI, RNR

captain_michael_lloydCaptain Michael Lloyd was trained on HMS Conway and went to sea with the P and O S.N.Co. During his career of 50 years at sea he commanded many types of vessels ranging through container, passenger, heavy lift, deep sea towage, bulk carriers, tankers, AHTS and a cadet training ship. He also sailed on a variety of warships vessels during his service in the Royal Naval Reserve. He finished his sea going career with 3 years on ice class ships in Northern Canada and then 4 years on Emergency Response and Rescue vessels in the North Sea and Atlantic.

During his seagoing career, he occupied several management positions ashore in Technical and Operations departments.

He is the author of several marine technical books and In addition he has published numerous papers and lectured on seamanship, navigation, safety and defence matters. He has also written several marine based novels.

He is presently Chairman of Salvare Worldwide Ltd and Marine Advisor to Mines Rescue Marine.

He sits on the Technical and Education and Training committees of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute. He is on the Council of Nautilus International and is Senior Vice President of International CruiseVictims.

He was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2010.

Elinor Dautlich

elinor_dautlichElinor Dautlich is a partner at international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, advising across the shipping, offshore and energy sectors as well as on yachts and corporate jets. Elinor has a particular interest in security issues arising in these industry sectors.For more information see

Irene Anastassiou LLB, LLM

irene_anastassiouIrene Anastassiou has an LLM from Southampton University, trained and qualified in a City maritime law firm in 2002 and thereafter joined Hill Dickinson LLP in 2007. As a Senior Associate based in Piraeus, Irene has handled a large variety of shipping cases, mainly arbitration disputes, though specialises largely in P&I claims, charterparty disputes and cargo claims, with some experience in salvage claims.

Martin Foley LLB, MA

martin_foleyBorn in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham in 1973, Martin Foley studied Law at Manchester University. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 1998, Martin spent two years working in private practice in the West Midlands.In 2000 Martin undertook a Master’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law at Manchester University. Upon completing his M.A., Martin was appointed as Personal Assistant to former Liberal Democrat MP, Lord Alton of Liverpool. In addition to his work for Lord Alton Martin spent the next 4 years working as a researcher for a variety of MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.

In 2005 Martin was appointed as the first chief executive of Life, a national charity that offers an innovative approach to supporting women and families throughout pregnancy and beyond, including the provision of supported housing for pregnant women and mothers of young children. In almost 5 years at Life, Martin led the charity through a period of significant change and expansion in its charitable outreach, particularly in its care and education services.

In 2010 Martin was appointed as National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea, a charity that offers pastoral, spiritual and welfare support to seafarers visiting UK ports. He is also a trustee of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

Martin is married to Anna-Marie, a General Practitioner, and lives with her and his four young children in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Joanna Sawh

joanna sawhJoanna Sawh has worked in the shipping industry for over 15 years, and has in-depth knowledge of Fleet Personnel best practice across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is currently based in Hong Kong, and has worked for a number of large ship management companies including Bernard Schulte, Peter Doehle, Gulf Stolt and Wallem.Joanna grew up in a shipping family, and has real interest and passion for people at sea, their well-being and human condition. In 2013 Joanna climbed Mount Kinabalu in effort to raise funds for charity Sailor’s Society, and continues to support the importance of the well-being and safety of crew globally.

Kara Brydson

kara_brysonKara Brydson has more than two decades’ experience in policy, advocacy and marine governance. From working with humanitarian organisations in developing regions and then looking at alternatives to the global exploitation and trade of marine mammals, Kara became the Head of Marine Policy for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scotland, where she was responsible for advocacy at the Scottish, UK, and European Parliaments for sustainable management of the marine environment, and representing Birdlife International on Europe-wide platforms to influence the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy. She is now the Programme Manager for the Responsible Fishing Scheme, the only global standard that audits compliance on board fishing vessels, including ethical and welfare criteria.

Dr Nadia Bernaz LLM, PhD

nadia_bernazDr Nadia Bernaz is a specialist in public international law, human rights and international criminal law. A native French speaker, she holds an LLM and a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseilles (France). She also holds a BA in law and languages (English, Italian) from the University of Grenoble (France) and studied at the University of Amsterdam and Kansas State University (USA). Finally, she holds a Graduate Diploma in English Law from BPP Law School (London).

Her specific areas of expertise are human rights and business, capital punishment, the Caribbean region and international tribunals, as shown in her list of publications. She regularly blogs [Rights as Usual] and tweets [@HRightsBusiness] on issues of human rights and business, corporate liability, and international law. She is the author of several publications on capital punishment and was a guest on “The Stream” on Al Jazeera on this issue. She was also quoted in The Guardian as an expert on the Caribbean region.

She teaches public international law and human rights law and is currently part of eight PhD supervision teams in human rights and business, international criminal law and human rights law.
With over a decade of experience in human rights and international law, Dr Bernaz has taught and trained students and professionals in the public and private sectors around the world. She is also an adjunct lecturer of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Professor Neil GreenbergBM, BSc, MMedSc, MFMLM, DOccMed, MEWI, FHEA, FFLM, MD, FRCPsych

neil_greenbergNeil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. He also runs March on Stress, a psychological health consultancy. Neil has served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Neil is also the current President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society.

Neil studied medicine at Southampton University and graduated in 1993. He then served as a general duties doctor in a variety of Warships, Submarines and with two Royal Marines Commando units. During his time with the Royal Marines he achieved his arctic warfare qualification and completed the all arms commando course, earning the coveted Green Beret.

Neil has specialised in Psychiatry and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychiatry, a Doctorate in Mental Health and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a specialist in General Adult, Forensic and Liaison Psychiatry and is a member of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine and the faculty of medical leadership and management; he is also a member of the expert witness Institute.

Since 1997 Neil has been at the forefront of developing peer led traumatic stress support packages which is now in use by a wide variety of organisations. The use of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) was initially led by the Royal Marines and has since been taken up by other organisations including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the BBC, numerous UK emergency services, and the London Ambulance Service.

Neil provided psychological input for Foreign Office personnel after the events of September 11th 2001 and in Bali after 12th October 2002 bombings. He has also assisted with the aftermath management of number of other significant incidents including assisting the London Ambulance Service in the wake of the London Bombings in 2005. He has also provided mental health input into the psychological repatriation of a number of hostages over the past five years.

In 2008 he was awarded the Gilbert Blane Medal by the Royal Navy for his work in supporting the health of Naval personnel through his research work.

Neil has published more than 160 scientific papers and book chapters. He has presented to national and international audiences on matters concerning the psychological health of the UK Armed Forces, organisational management of traumatic stress and occupational mental health. He has been the secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, is the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Lead on Military and Veterans Health and is an examiner on the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes.
For more on Neil’s academic work and research, click here to view his King’s College London profile.

Nick Grono

nick_gronoNick Grono is the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund. The Fund is an ambitious seven-year effort to raise and deploy $100 million to combat modern slavery. It was launched by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2013, who declared, “This is a huge deal and we should all support this.”

Prior to this, Nick was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. During his tenure, Walk Free built a global movement with over 5 million supporters, launched the first ever Global Slavery Index, and joined with Humanity United and the Legatum Foundation to establish the Freedom Fund.

Before Walk Free, Nick was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group (ICG), the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. At ICG he was responsible for the oversight and management of ICG’s programs and operations in some thirty countries around the world.

Nick has testified on conflict and human rights issues before the European, UK, Dutch, and Australian Parliaments. He has written widely on international justice, conflict prevention, human rights and modern slavery, with opinion pieces published in the International New York Times, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Boston Globe, amongst others.

Nick is a lawyer by background and, prior to ICG, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. He has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.

Nick Lambert

nick_lambertA master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert Royal Navy concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector.

Peter Cook

peter_cookPeter Cook is a founding Director of PCA Maritime Ltd. A former Royal Marines Officer, he spent a significant part of his 24-year career involved in aspects of maritime security from maritime counter terrorism to formulating counter piracy policy and procedures for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Peter Cook developed the concept, and was the CEO of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI); the trade body for the private maritime security industry designed to defeat piracy off the coast of Somalia. SAMI supported the development of the international standards and represented the industry at international organisations including the United Nations, International Maritime Organisation and the European Commission.

PCA Maritime Ltd: PCA Maritime has a unique insight with unparalleled expertise and experience in the effective and pragmatic application of private maritime security globally in concert with international, national and commercial requirements. PCA Maritime Directors have developed a respected reputation as independent agents of the private maritime security industry with an extensive network of contacts at the highest level.
Peter is also Visiting Lecturer at University of Greenwich having also lectured at Oxford, Portsmouth and the World Maritime University. He writes regularly on maritime topics, often commenting in the media on maritime security related issues.

Dr. Peter Swift

peter_swiftDr. Peter Swift presently chairs the pan-industry “Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme” (MPHRP), which assists seafarers and families affected by piracy. He is a Trustee of ISWAN, Vice-Chairman of the Sailors’ Society, Director of the Maritime Industry Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of the Green Award Foundation, Chairman of the Korean Register’s European Committee, member of the American Bureau of Shipping and is a representative of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects at the IMO. He is a non-executive Director of Ardmore Shipping Corporation, a leading tanker company. Peter was previously the Managing Director of INTERTANKO for 10 years, after having served for 24 years in various senior international positions for the Royal Dutch Shell Group.

Professor Dr. VS Ataergin


Professor Ataergin started career as a commercial yacht captain while studying Law at Istanbul Uni. After completing his articleship became fully fledged advocate at Istanbul Bar Association, then joined the academic surrounding, reaching this career at the chair of Commercial Academic Unit at Faculty of Law, Marmara Uni. He obtained LLM at Southampton University in 1992 and fulfilled internship under the supervision of Judge Geoffrey Jones at Leicester County Court.

He is involved in international & domestic arbitration as an arbitrator at LMAA and CIArb(London), also an arbitrator in SHIAC(CHINA) and STK(Turkey). He teaches at Law School of Shanghai Maritime University (CHINA) and in Istanbul University Marine Sciences Ins, Marmara University, Piri Reis Maritime University, Gaziantep University Law School and Istanbul Maritime Ins (Turkey). He has been in Southampton University Institute of Maritime Law as a visiting scholar and City University Law School(London) as a visiting academic. He is in Insurance Research Group in Southampton Uni.

He has represented Turkish Foreign Ministry and Maritime Under secretariat in working groups of UNCTAD at UN in Wien and New York in March 2003, Nov 2008 and Feb 2009. He was designated for ILO on behalf of Turkish Government voting for the Maritime Labour Convention-2006 which in Geneva. He was an international affairs advisor for Seafarers Union and Turk-Is Union Confederation at ITF London between 2000-2004 and 2006-2008.He has written and published various articles and books on maritime & insurance law.

Currently, he practises maritime & trade consultancy business at “consultant wise maritime trade & training”(UK). He is also founding partner of “ataergintanriverdi law & consultancy”(Istanbul) providing consultancy, litigation, arbitration and mediation services on the law of international trade, all types of carriage of goods, maritime, aviation, marine casualties, insurance, corporates, mergers and acquisition, recognition & enforcement, employment contracts, real estate.

Steven Kay QC

steven_kaySteven Kay QC leads 9 Bedford Row’s International team. He is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law and led the 9 BRi team that successfully obtained the withdrawal of the case at the ICC against President Uhuru Kenyatta. His cases demonstrate the depth of experience and the quality of the work for which he has been hired. 9 Bedford Row’s other international lawyers have been involved in most of these cases with him and they have developed together an impressive team to meet the unique challenges these cases present in whatever part of the world they may arise.

Steven is experienced in advising clients at the crisis stage of an international situation by setting out their options and guiding their responses, whilst also making the preparations necessary for future litigation. International cases are complex and demanding, they require a careful exercise of judgment and a thorough understanding of the issues involved so that a case is ready by the time you arrive in court. Experience has shown that good systems for the collection and management of evidence are necessary and he assembles highly able team members to perform these tasks. The presentation of that material in oral or written form is crucial and it is here where his advocacy and presentational skills are able to make the difference in a clear, understandable and accurate presentation of a case either through the questioning of witnesses or speeches.

He is Co-Chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee, a founder member of the ICLB and ranked as a leading practitioner at the UK bar.

Tulika Bansal

tulika_bansalTulika Bansal works as an advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). She specializes in human rights and business, providing advice to leading companies in various sectors on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, predominantly focusing on the food and beverage sector, for which she has carried out a number of in-country human rights impact assessments.

She is part of the Myanmar project team which has founded the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB) in Yangon together with the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The Centre is a hub for knowledge sharing, capacity building and dialogue for government, business and civil society actors on the subject of responsible business in Myanmar. Tulika has led a sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) of the tourism sector in Myanmar. The study seeks to identify the actual and potential impacts of the sector as a whole on Myanmar society and provides recommendations to the Myanmar government, tourism businesses and civil society on how the tourism sector can minimize its negative impacts and can be a catalyst for positive impacts.

Tulika has a special interest in the topic Children’s Rights and Business. Together with UNICEF she was part of the team who developed the ‘Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments’ Tool, which offers companies guidance on how to integrate children’s rights into its existing human rights impact policies and procedures. Other areas of interest include human rights and business in India and community-led impact assessments.

Tulika (1982) has previously worked as a researcher on human- and labor rights, child labour and CSR for various organizations including the Dutch Trade Union Confederation (FNV Mondiaal) in the Netherlands and Cividep, a grassroots NGO in Bangalore, India focusing on labour rights in the Indian garment sector. Before joining DIHR, she worked as a researcher and trainer for an NGO based in Thailand focusing on the negative human rights impacts of large-scale extractives projects in Myanmar. Tulika is a guest lecturer and speaker on human – and children’s rights and business.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master in Public International Law (LLM) from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She is fluent in Dutch, English and Hindi and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French. In her free time she enjoys traveling, learning languages, writing, photography, documentary film and modern art.

Professor William Schabas

schabasProfessor Schabas holds BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Toronto and LLB, LLM and LLD degrees from the University of Montreal, as well as honorary doctorates in law from several universities. He is the author of more than twenty books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law, including: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: travaux préparatoires (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Unimaginable Atrocities, Justice, Politics and Rights at the War Crimes Tribunals (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.), Genocide in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2009) and The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 3rd ed.). He has also published more than 300 articles in academic journals, principally in the field of international human rights law and international criminal law. His writings have been translated into Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Nepali and Albanian.

Professor Schabas is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.He is President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. From 2002 to 2004 he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Professor Schabas has worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty (UN Doc. E/2010/10).

Professor Schabas was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007. He has been awarded the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice of the Association internationale de droit pénal, and the Gold Medal in the Social Sciences of the Royal Irish Academy.

Giuseppe Cataldi

schabasGiuseppe Cataldi teaches International Law at the University of Napoli “L’Orientale” where he holds a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair on the “Protection of Human Rights in the European Union” and directs The Jean Monnet Centre on “The Protection of Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean”. He serves as President of the Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer and has advised European Union Institutions as well as the Italian Government on issues concerning the Law of the Sea. He is the consultant of the Italian Association of NATO Civil Servants and has filed appeals to the European Court of Human Rights and the NATO Administrative Tribunal. He has been Visiting Professor at the University Paris Sorbonne de Paris and has given Courses and Conferences abroad at the Universities and Centers: Shanghai, Beijing, Hague Academy of International Law, International Criminal Court, Baku, Tunis. He is the leader of the Working Group III of COST-MARSAFENET EU Network and Member of FREE (Fundamental Rights European Experts). He has published books and more than 100 articles in academic journals, principaly in the field of International Human Rights law, Law of the Sea, Relationship between Domestic Order and International Law. He is the cofounder and co-director of “Diritti umani e Diritto internazionale” ad he is responsible of the “Judicial Decisions” in the “Italian Yearbook of International Law.