Dr Sofia Galani (LLB, LLM, PhD, FHEA) is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol and sits at the Non-Executive Board of Advisors of Human Rights at Sea. Her research interests are on maritime security, the law of the sea, human rights and terrorism and she has published in these areas. She is the co-editor of Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea: Help or Hindrance? which is due to be published by Edward Elgar and is currently working on her first monograph entitled Hostages and Human Rights: Towards a Victim-Centred Approach? that will be published by Cambridge University Press. Sofia was one of the principal contributors to the UNODC Maritime Crime: A Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners (2nd ed, 2019) and has led sessions at the UNODC Maritime Law Expert Conferences. She is the Editor of the Case and Commentary section of the European Human Rights Law Review. She has been overseeing the student research conducted in support of the ‘Flag State Project’ developed by Human Rights at Sea in collaboration with the Human Rights Implementation Centre of the University of Bristol.