“I first started working as an intern for the Human Rights at Sea initiative in 2014 while I was still an undergraduate. At the time I was intending to specialise further into Public International Law, and really appreciated the opportunity to explore the subject outside of the confines of my course. During this time, I worked on a several projects including contrasting the protection offered by various Regional Human Rights Treaties, and building timelines of events leading up to the resurgence of conflict in Tripoli.
Since graduating I have been working as a freelance researcher for a number of different organisations, including the United Nations Legal Tools for Peace-Making Project, and several private sector companies based in London. The flexibility of this work has also allowed me to return to the charity, now working on a wider range of increasingly complex issues. This work started with the production of a Research Ethics Guideline for future researchers at the project, and has gone on to include case studies on a variety of legal developments such as: The Criminalisation of Humanitarian Volunteers at Sea; Slavery in the New Zealand Fishing Industry; the Risks to lone International Observers on merchant vessels, and the Impact of the Modern Slavery Act on UK businesses.
From September I will be starting a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Politics and Conflict, and look forward to using this training to write on an even wider range of topics in the future.”
Michael McLeod, Masters Student