Dr Olga Martin-Ortega

Dr Martin-Ortega is a Reader in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich. She  leads the BHRE Research Group. She has been researching business and human rights for over ten years. She has also undertaken extensive research in the areas of post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice and international criminal law.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich Olga was Senior Research Fellow and member of the Management Team of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London. She has a PhD in International Law from the University of Jaen and a Law degree from the University of Sevilla (Spain).

Olga is a member of the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and a  member of the Board of Directors of the  London Universities Purchasing Consortium. She is a founding member and acted as the Chair of the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights until September 2015. She is a founding member and member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Conflict and Human Rights network.


Dr Opi Outhwaite

Dr Opi Outhwaite is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich. Her research focuses on governance and natural resources including accountability of multinational corporations and public and private governance for health, agriculture and the environment.

Opi has published widely in her research areas as well as undertaking numerous outreach and dissemination activities. She has a track record of providing research and consultancy for governmental and non- governmental bodies including as a member of the Electronics Watch Advisory Group and for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and equivalent bodies in Tanzania and Belize.

Opi is Managing Editor of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law journal ('e-journal') and participates in several networks for international environmental law and business and human rights.  


Dr. Johanna Hoekstra

Johanna isLecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich. She has a M.Sc. in European Public Policy from Birkbeck College and a LLM in International law from the University of Bordeaux. She completed her PhD at the University of Essex on the legal authority of non-state rules in international commercial contracts. She was also teaching at the University of Essex and she was a project associate for the Essex Business & Human Rights Project. Her research interests include international commercial law, private international law, the relationship between law and policy, and business and human rights. 



Rahima Islam

Rahima is Research Assistant at BHRE. She holds an LLB from the University of Greenwich. She previously worked at Al-Khir Foundation, focusing on health, employability and domestic violence. She has been an intern at BHRE and is currently involved in the Modern Slavery and Public Procurement Project and coordinates the analysis on Slavery and Human Trafficking statements. 

Associate Members

Harpreet Paul

Harpreet Kaur Paul

Harpreet is Co-Director of Campaigns & Movement Building at People and Planet. During 2016 she was a Legal and Policy Research Fellow at the BHRE under the Peter Harris Trust Research Fellowship scheme. She helped develop the Electronics Hub of the International Learning Lab on Procurement and Human Rights and continues to be involved with the Electronics Supply Chain Monitoring and Reform Project.  

Dr. Rosa Ana Alija Fernandez

Dr Rosana is a Lecturer in International Law and International Protection of Human Rights at the University of Barcelona (Spain). She specialises on international criminal law, human rights and transitional justice. She has extensive experience teaching and training on international labour law. 

She has been visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico and visiting researcher at the University of Uppsala and at the Research Centre in Latin-American Criminal and Procedural Law (Forschungsstelle für lateinamerikanisches Straf- und Strafprozessrecht) of the University of Göttingen. She has collaborated with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in training Rwandan lawyers on universal jurisdiction and with international research teams and networks in the field of transitional justice. She is also a member of the research group on Public International Law at the University of Barcelona.

Rosana is involved with the BHRE on its work on business’ responsibilities in post-conflict justice

William Rook

William Rook is a PhD candidate and a Researcher in the BHRE. He is a member of the Electronics Watch Advisory Group. He has a law degree from SOAS, University of London, a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and is admitted to practice as a Solicitor. William’s work focuses on human rights and community relations in the framework of mining exploitations in Africa. William has interrupted his studies during 2016 to join the Institute of Business and Human Rights (IHRB) as Outreach Manager to develop regional outreach in the Middle East, especially in Qatar ahead of the Football World Cup in 2022.

PhD Students


Veronica Torres

Veronica Torres is a PhD candidate and a Researcher in the BHRE. She has a law degree from Universidad del Norte (Colombia) and a LL.M degree in International Law from American University WCL (USA). Her work focuses on multinational corporations, human rights and the right to land. She has published on business and human rights and teaches several online courses on the matter. Before she joined Greenwich she was a lecturer in international law in the Universidad del Norte. 

BHRE Internships

Greenwich students are given the opportunity to join our team and participate in our projects. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us.