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 the rule of law at sea, although he also 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 was for four years on the Management Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and, before that, the founding Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he was also Professor of Strategy and the Law of Military Operations..
From 1971 to 2003, he was an officer in the Royal Navy (RN), serving at sea as a Warfare Officer in a variety of surface warships, including deployments to the Far East, the Indian and South Atlantic oceans, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean, as well as in North Atlantic waters. Operationally, his experience included UN economic embargo operations, coastal security and maritime counter-terrorism operations, and three years enforcing fisheries law as a British Sea Fisheries Officer. He also served briefly with NATO forces in Pristina, Kosovo and the UK Joint Task Force HQ in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He spent eight years in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), on the Naval Staff, the Central Policy Staff and 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 the author of International Guidelines for the Protection of Education during Armed Conflict (now formally adopted by 64 states globally) and is on Save the Children International’s Civil-Military Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute (FNI) in 1995.