Board of Advisors

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...

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, 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...

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...

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...