Board of Advisors

Alexander J. Marcopoulos

Alexander Marcopoulos is counsel in the International Arbitration practice of Shearman & Sterling LLP, based in Paris, France. A Greek and US national, he represents companies and States in commercial, investor/State and maritime arbitrations carried out under the auspices of a variety of institutional rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC and...

Bonny Ling PhD

Dr. Bonny Ling is a scholar and practitioner who works on international human rights and development. She has worked in the UN system and in international civil society. She holds a Ph.D in Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, M.Phil (Cantab) in Criminology and MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Dr. Ling also consults as a...

Joanne Rawley

Joanne Rawley. Joanne has previously sailed as Chief Officer within the maritime industry and having spent 2020 on secondment to the QHSE department as Designated Person Ashore & Company Security Officer, she will soon be returning to multi-role vessels in the North Sea in order to gain her Master Mariner Certificate. Awarded the Merchant Navy...

Prof. Anna Petrig, LL.M. (Harvard)

Prof. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, LL.M. (Harvard) Anna Petrig, a Swiss citizen, holds the Chair of International Law and Public Law at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She obtained her law degree (summa cum laude, mention droit européen) from the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in the field of the...

Prof. Irini Papanicolopulu

Professor Irini Papanicolopulu (PhD, University of Milan) is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), where she teaches and conducts research on public international law and the law of the sea. She has previously held academic positions at the University of Glasgow (UK) and the University of Oxford (UK) and has...

Captain Jessica Tyson

Captain Jessica Tyson first went to sea in 1988 in the Merchant Navy progressing through the ranks and sailing as Master. She sailed on a wide variety of vessels including oil and gas tankers, passenger vessels, tugs, super yachts, small boats, yachts and paddle steamers over her 18 years at sea. With a change...

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...

Dr. Sofia Galani

Dr Sofia Galani (LLB, LLM, PhD, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Public International 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...

Jas Uppal

Jas Uppal is a practising 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...

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...