Board of Advisors

Rob Palfrey

Rob is the founder and managing director of Minerva SRM, which provides bespoke social risk management services to client companies working in the most challenging social, political and conflict-affected settings.  He brings to the team leadership, management and problem-solving skills gained over twenty years of Regular and Reserve service in the British Army. While...

Jas Uppal

Jas Uppal trained as a solicitor and the founder of ‘Justice Upheld’, a British registered international human rights charity which was established to provide legal help and representation to victims of human rights abuses who do not have the financial means and approach to assert their rights and seek redress. In 2009, Jas started...

David Hill

David Hill has been involved in the fishing industry since 1978 from the port of Kilkeel in Northern Ireland working on trawlers fishing all around the UK and Ireland. He became a fishing skipper at the age of 21 operating vessels between 22-27mts and still owns a 24mtr vessel . David became chairman and...

Dr. Sofia Galani

Dr Sofia Galani LLB(Athens), LLM(Bristol), PhD (Bristol) Sofia is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol and the School’s Mooting Academic Advisor. She previously held the position of Teaching Assistant in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. Sofia holds an LLB in Law from the National University of Athens and an...

Giuseppe Cataldi

Giuseppe 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...

Professor Schabas

Professor 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...

Tulika Bansal

Tulika 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...

Steven Kay QC

Steven 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...

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...

Dr. Peter Swift

Dr. 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...