Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG OBE is currently a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol, and Principal-elect of Regent's Park College, Oxford. His areas of focus include torture and torture prevention, the protection of religious liberty under international law and the law of the sea, in particular, the law relating to maritime boundaries.
From 2009 - 2020 he was a member, and from 2011- 2020 Chair of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture (the SPT). He is also a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group and a Member of the Statutory Panel of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA). From 2002 – 2013 he was a member of the OSCE ODIHR Advisory Council on the Freedom of Religion or Belief. He is General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and Co-Editor in Chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He is an Editor of the journals Torture, Ocean Development and International Law and Religion and Human Rights.
As Human Rights at Sea continually develops its Board of Advisors, it specifically seeks increased depth and breadth of human rights experience that each member brings. We are thrilled that Sir Malcolm has joined us, and we greatly look forward to his perspectives and expertise in influencing and supporting our organisation's ongoing international development work.
Sir Malcolm's appointment comes at a time when the NGO is embarking on an ambitious strategy to meet a growing advocacy need globally. Moving forward, we are committed to increasing our impact, raising awareness, helping victims of abuse, and advocating for laws and policies to protect people at sea.
Sir Malcolm commented: "Few issues have been so overlooked in the past as have the rights of those at sea. Human Rights at Sea is the leading voice seeking to address this, and I am delighted to be joining its Advisory Board and having an opportunity to contribute to its work".
Matthew Vickers, Chair of Trustees, said: "As we build on the successful launch of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, Sir Malcolm's counsel will be invaluable in developing a universal and enforceable framework for maritime justice."
David Hammond, CEO, said: "Sir Malcolm's significant standing and experience in the field of human rights needs little introduction. We are equally delighted that he has chosen to work with us further developing and delivering our impact around the world."
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