Professor Steven Haines

Steven Haines is Professor of Public International Law in the University of Greenwich. His research today is focused principally on Ocean Governance and the maintenance of safe and secure seas (although he continues to work in the fields of International Humanitarian Law and the law relating to international security).

Prior to taking up his current post in Greenwich, he spent four years in Geneva, on the Management Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He also taught as adjunct faculty at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. From 2003 to 2008 he was at Royal Holloway, University of London, as founding Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations; he was appointed to a Chair in 2006. He has a strong record of pro bono work within international civil society organizations.

In Geneva he worked with Geneva Call, the NGO that encourages compliance with International Humanitarian Law by armed non-state actors. Since 2011, he has acted as Legal and Military consultant to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, drafting International Guidelines on the Military Use of Schools in Conflict Zones (the core of the Safe Schools Declaration) that are now endorsed by almost 90 states globally. He joined Save the Children International’s Civil-Military Advisory Board in 2017, becoming its Chair in 2018. With a specialist legal interest in the Law of Armed Conflict Applicable at Sea, he was one of the peer reviewers for the International Committee of the Red Cross’s new Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention published in 2017.

To Human Rights at Sea he brings not only his academic and civil society knowledge and experience but also over thirty years experience as a naval officer (from 1971 to 2003), He served at sea in a variety of surface warships, deploying to most of the world’s oceans as well as waters adjacent to the United Kingdom, and was involved in a range of maritime law enforcement roles, including as a British Sea Fisheries Officer. He also served for a total of eight years on the Naval and Central Policy Staffs in the Ministry of Defence, including on the Executive Board of the British Armed Forces’ strategic and doctrinal think-tank in Shrivenham (the JDCC, now the DCDC), having been the RN member of the MoD’s Strategic Development Study responsible for its establishment in 1999.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI) in 1995 and a Member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy) in 2010. Most recently (2019), he was elected as President/Chair of the UK Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Laws of War.

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