Learn more about our core drafting team as the originators and authors of the Geneva Declaration.

Dr. Elizabeth Mavropoulou

Elizabeth is the Administrator & Programme Manager of Human Rights at Sea overseeing the projects and programmes of the charity with the aim to deliver and fulfil on the organisation’s charitable objectives. She acts as the focal point for external consultants and interns and she is responsible in developing new partnerships, strategically expanding the reach of […]

David Hammond

Human Rights at Sea as an international concept and on-line platform was officially founded on 3 April 2014 by David Hammond a non-practising English Barrister, former military seafarer and retired Royal Marines’ Officer. He has practical maritime operator and legal-related experience, and he has variously served at sea in the North and South Atlantic, the […]

Dr. Sofia Galani

Dr Sofia Galani (LLB, LLM, PhD, FHEA) is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol and sits at the Non-Executive Board of Advisors of Human Rights at Sea. Her research interests are on maritime security, the law of the sea, human rights and terrorism and she has published in these areas. She is […]

Prof. 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 […]

Prof. Irini Papanicolopulu

Professor Irini Papanicolopulu (PhD, University of Milan) is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), where she teaches and conducts research on public international law and the law of the sea. She has previously held academic positions at the University of Glasgow (UK) and the University of Oxford (UK) and has […]

Prof. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig

Anna Petrig, a Swiss citizen, holds the Chair of International Law and Public Law at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She obtained her law degree (summa cum laude, mention droit européen) from the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in the field of the law of the sea and human rights […]

William Mitchell – Quandrant Chambers

Will has a broad and growing practice spanning all areas of Chambers’ work including: Shipping & Maritime (including fatal accidents at sea), Commercial Litigation, Shareholder Disputes, Insurance & Reinsurance, Banking & Finance, Arbitration, Aviation & Carriage by Road, Jurisdiction and, Conflict of Laws, Insolvency and Gaming law. He appears regularly as sole counsel in the County Court and High Court on a wide range of matters […]