Dr Valentina Azarova

Dr Valentina Azarova is an international legal academic and practitioner, who teaches and writes on foreign territorial control, the law of (third) state responsibility, and the international legal practice of non-governmental organisations.  She is Visiting Academic at the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), University of Manchester, where she runs a project course on 'Transnational Public Interest Lawyering' based on GLAN's work. She is also Visiting Lecturer at Bard College Berlin, Associate Editor of the Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law and United Nations Treaty Bodies, and member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Recognition/Non-Recognition. Valentina has over a decade of experience documenting and engaging in legal actions and advocacy to challenge processes of structural violence of armed conflict, occupation, and economic exploitation with a focus on third party complicity. She has worked with and regularly advises UN bodies and fact-finding missions, states and non-governmental organisations. Valentina co-founded and taught on the BA programme in Human Rights and International Law at Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University. She held lecturing and research positions at Birzeit University, the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik in Lebanon, Central European University, and Koç University's Centre for Global Public Law in Istanbul.  

Paul Clark

Paul is a barrister, practising from Garden Court Chambers, London, who specialises in public, civil, and international law, with a focus upon human rights. His domestic practice includes judicial review, private law, inquests and inquiries, across a range of areas including prisons, criminal justice, trafficking, and mental health. His international work includes representing defendants and states in pre-trial, trial and appeal proceedings before the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

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Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Dr Tomaso obtained his PhD in Law from Sciences Po Law School in 2015 and has been an Italian barrister since 2011. In the last four years he has been Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School), the Universidade de São Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). He holds a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin. His research mainly focuses on global food chains and the interaction between law, the transnational expansion of the Western model of production and consumption, and forms of resistance.


As a consultant and pro-bono advocate, Dr Tomaso was involved in researching and organising against large-scale land acquisitions, analysed the impact of EU policies on the right to food and exposed the connections between financial capital, land acquisitions and the global food regime.

Dr Geoff Gordon

Geoff is trained in two legal systems and a member of the New York State Bar, with a JD from Columbia University and PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Geoff’s expertise includes issues of law and technology, including novel legal applications and governance consequences of digital technologies. He is also expert in international adjudication, and works closely with institutions in The Hague. In his academic life, he researches the interaction of time technologies and international law. In a former life, he clerked in the US Federal District Courts and was involved in large-scale litigation in fields of anti-trust and securities regulation.

Dr Kate Grady

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS University of London, where she researches military law, drawing on domestic and international criminal law, the law of armed conflict, international peace and security, and critical legal theories. Her research currently falls into two main strands: one focusing on the legal and political aspects of misconduct by UN peacekeepers, and the other on UK military forces, particularly in relation to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kate’s research has been published in journals including the Modern Law Review and the Criminal Law Review. In 2016, Kate was a visiting scholar at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law at Melbourne Law School. Kate is a member of the Policy Advisory Group of the United Nations Association UK and of the Sexual Violence and Peacekeeping Network at the University of Reading. Prior to becoming an academic, Kate practised at the bar, specialising in criminal defence and human rights cases, and was a lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales.

Dr Gleider I Hernández

Gleider Hernández is presently Associate Professor (Reader) in Public International Law at Durham Law School and Deputy Director of the Durham Global Policy Institute. He will shortly take up a post as Professor and Chair of Public International Law at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Open Universiteit Nederland. Gleider, originally Canadian, took a D.Phil from Wadham College, Oxford (United Kingdom) and read for LL.M degrees at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and BCL and LL.B degrees at McGill University, in Canada. Gleider served as Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Recent international law practice and consulting includes membership in the International Group of Experts drafting the Tallinn 2.0 Manual on Cyber Operations in International Law (CUP, 2017), and as special assistant to the president of an investment arbitral tribunal constituted under ICSID. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he served as Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice (2007-2010), acting from 2008-2010 as Law Clerk to Judges Bruno Simma and Peter Tomka (then Vice-President). He also practised, as a barrister and solicitor in public and administrative law, at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a large Canadian law firm. Gleider was an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow (2015-2018) for a project entitled ‘Constructing Authority in International Law’, and in 2019 he will be a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy. Gleider is a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law, a member of the Editorial Board of Global Policy, and a member of the Advisory Review Board of the Cambridge International Law Journal.

Russell Hopkins

Russell is a barrister and associate with Bright Line Law in London, a barrister law firm specialising in white collar crime. Russell qualified as a solicitor in 2008, and exercised advocacy rights as a solicitor-advocate in the disputes practice of a leading commercial law firm. In 2010-2011, he was selected to work as a judicial assistant to Lord Collins and Lord Wilson in the UK Supreme Court. Russell has experience before various international tribunals, most recently as the expert legal adviser to the Cambodian trial judges of the Khmer Rouge tribunals in Phnom Penh. Russell has published numerous blog posts, articles and a book chapter on aspects of international corporate liability for human rights violations. 

Dr Ioannis Kalpouzos

Ioannis is a Lecturer at City Law School, City University of London. His expertise is in the law of armed conflict, international criminal law and the law on the use of force. His research focuses on the role of non-state armed groups in international law, particularly in the context of ‘new wars’; on law and new technologies of war, particularly their influence on asymmetry in conflict; and on international criminal law and ‘banal’ or ‘structural’ criminality.

Ioannis has received his degrees from the University of Athens (LLB) and the University of Nottingham (LLM, PhD). He has taught at Nottingham, the University of Exeter, and is a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is a recipient of a Collaborative Grant from the Institute of Global Law and Policy at Harvard University on Law and Technologies of War.  Alongside his academic work, Ioannis is a qualified practitioner and a member of the Athens Bar and he has advised NGOs on questions of international law. 

Aonghus Kelly

Aonghus was educated at University College Cork, Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Aonghus has most recently been working for the European Union in North Africa on Criminal Justice issues and prior to that in the Defence at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).  He has also worked for several years in both Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the investigation and prosecution of war crimes, organised crime, corruption and terrorism matters. He has also lectured in the Law of the European Union at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has given guest lectures at universities in the United States, Ireland, Canada, Russia, Cambodia and Kosovo. Aonghus practiced with Public Interest Lawyers in the United Kingdom and Blake & Kenny Solicitors in Ireland and is qualified to practice law in New Zealand, Ireland, England and Wales, Cambodia and in Northern Ireland.  

Dr Itamar Mann

Itamar is a lecturer at Haifa University, Israel, where he teaches primarily international law. His research focuses on human rights, refugee and migration law, international criminal law, national security, and legal and political theory. He is the author of Humanity at Sea: Unauthorized Migration and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016). 

Itamar also provides legal advice on issues related to his areas of research. He has previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Justice Initiative on issues related to refugee law in Europe. He has also briefly practiced human rights and criminal defense law. Before moving to Haifa, Itamar was the national security law fellow at Georgetown Law Center for three years. He holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School. 

Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees

Dr. Yvonne McDermott Rees is Associate Professor of Law at Swansea University in the United Kingdom. She is the author of Fairness in International Criminal Trials (Oxford University Press, 2016), Proving International Crimes (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2020) and over 50 journal articles and book chapters on issues surrounding human rights, international criminal law, and the law of evidence. She is Principal Investigator on a new project entitled, ‘The Future of Human Rights Investigations: Using Open Source Intelligence to Transform the Discovery and Documentation of Mass Human Rights Violations’ (www.osr4rights.org), funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. She is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Mercedes Melon

Mercedes is a qualified lawyer and litigation officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative. She has two decades of experience as human rights lawyer conducting litigation as well as legal research and advocacy. Prior to joining the Open Society, she worked as a legal adviser with the Spanish human rights NGO Rights International Spain (RIS), and as a legal researcher with the leading Palestinian human rights NGO, Al-Haq. Before that, Mercedes practiced law in Spain for over a decade, both in private practice and as a legal aid lawyer in criminal cases. She was also involved as an activist in different social movements and grassroots organizations and as a volunteer development worker with several civil society organizations in Africa, Europe, and Latin America.


She received her law degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and her LLM in international criminal law from the Irish Center for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Eva Pils

Eva Pils is Reader in Transnational Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her scholarship focuses on human rights, authoritarianism, and law in China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press. Her book China's human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance was published in December 2014.


Before joining King’s, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. She is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute of NYU Law School, an external member of the CUHK Centre for Social Innovation Studies  and an external fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

Rachael Mpashi-Marx

Rachael is co-founder of Just, a social enterprise developing tech tools to facilitate access to justice. Prior to this, she worked as a writer, researcher, communicator and project manager with numerous organisations including LawWorks, the Centre for Criminal Appeals and Children's Rights Alliance, England. Rachael has also campaigned on support for refugee and migrant children with Coram Children’s Legal Centre and gun massacres with Action on Armed Violence. She is a trained community mediator practitioner. During her time at the Centre for Criminal Appeals, she developed the women’s sentencing appeal project, which challenges the legal system to engage with non-custodial options. While at LawWorks, she set up the free welfare benefits advice service that trains pro bono lawyers to represent clients at tribunal. Prior to moving into the legal field Rachael worked with the UN and was an arts campaigner and civil servant working on education and child poverty.


Joe Tan

Joe is the Pro Bono Legal Services Manager at Advocates for International Development and manages the provision of pro bono legal advice, assistance and training to humanitarian, development and human rights NGOs working primarily in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Joe’s practice in strategic public interest and human rights litigation focused on civil liberties, equality and refugee law and spans multiple jurisdictions including the European Court of Human Rights, Court of Justice of the European Union, Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Committee Against Torture and various national constitutional courts (Uganda, Nigeria, Jamaica, Singapore, Kenya, Malawi and Australia). He has worked as a Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, the Pre-Trial Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and with the UN Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo. He is also a consultant with the Chinese Initiative on International Law. An Australian qualified solicitor and barrister, Joe received his LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University and an LLM from the University of Melbourne specialising in international human rights law and international criminal law.

Richard Reynolds

Richard is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, London, with a national and international human rights practice. He specialises in asylum and immigration law, the law of armed conflict, international criminal law and public international law. Richard has represented clients before the courts of England and Wales at all levels, the European Court of Human Rights, the Human Rights Advisory Panel for Kosovo and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Richard has represented individuals, charities, international organisations and governments. He has appeared in numerous high-profile matters, including securing an arrest warrant for war crimes against a foreign government minister, the prisoners’ right to vote case before the UK Supreme Court, advising on the Paris Agreement on climate change, and advising on redress for colonial-era violations of international law. He is recommended by the Chambers and Partners Guide to the UK Bar, which describes him as “one of the brightest international criminal lawyers around”. 

Dr John Reynolds

John is a lecturer at the Department of Law in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and a visiting lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway. He teaches and writes on the operation of international law in contexts of conflict, crisis and coloniality. 

Recent publications include ‘Anti-Colonial Legalities: Paradigms, Tactics & Strategy’ (Palestine Yearbook of International Law, 2015) and ‘Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory’ (European Journal of International Law, 2013); for further detail see https://nuim.academia.edu/JohnReynolds. Dr. Reynolds works with a number of human rights organisations and social movements, and is a member of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs Standing Committee on Human Rights.

Tom Sanderson

Tom studied International Relations at De Montfort University where his dissertation won the Michael Cunningham Memorial Prize. He then worked in educational development at City University London while completing his postgraduate studies in Human Rights and International Politics. Outside of this work he spent several year's volunteering as part of the coordinating team for a citizen's campaign against the detention of child immigrants and remains a member of the Detention Forum NGO network.

Following an extended internship at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva, he joined the Centre for Investigative Journalism where he now works on project development and training events.

Omer Shatz

Omer Shatz is an international lawyer, lecturer in international law at Sciences-Po (Paris), graduate (LLM) and doctorate candidate at Yale Law School, recipient of the Robina Human Rights Initiative at Orville H. Schell Center for International Human Rights. He advises a number of international human rights and humanitarian organisations, he also specialises in international criminal law and white-collar crime. Omer was previously, a special associate at the international arbitration group of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Before moving to France, his law office in Israel focused on Supreme Court and High Court of Justice litigation of high-profile human rights cases. He also co-founded and was a legal adviser to 'We Are Refugees', an NGO dedicated to provide pro-bono legal representation to detained asylum seekers.

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