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Dr Olga Martin-Ortega
Olga is Professor of 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 first coordinator of the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights. She is a founding member and member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Conflict and Human Rights network.
Dr. Johanna Hoekstra
Johanna is a Lecturer 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.
Dr. Jing BIAN teaches in School of Law, Greenwich University. She has published widely on the comparative financial regulation aspect. Her co-edited book Regulations and Applications of Ethics in Business Practice has just been published. Her book “China’s Securities Market- Towards Efficient Regulation” was published in January 2014 by Routledge (London). Her edited 4 volume book titled “Financial Regulation in China”, which covers the entire Chinese financial system since 1949 will be published in 2019 by Routledge (London).Dr. Jing Bian has taught and guest taught in several universities. And she is very experienced on delivering training and shortcourses.
Dr. Jing Bian has a track record with research and practical projects for international institutions as well as international transactions. She frequently speaks at academic conferences and industry summits. Dr. Jing Bian has solid practical and commercial experiences. Previously, she held a number of roles in financial institutions; for instance, COO of an innovative finance firm for defence system, and the Head of the Chinese Market for a leading Fintech company located in the City of London; also, she was a civil servant in the justice department, China.
Louise Hewitt is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Greenwich. Louise is currently undertaking her PhD in international law. The thesis is examining the extent to which United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 has formed the foundation for a developing legal framework for the prevention and suppression of acts of terrorism. At the BHRE she is working on our financial crimes and post-conflict reconstruction project. She co-founded (with Director Kristian Humble) the Innocence Project London, a pro-bono clinic dedicated to investigating wrongful convictions. The Innocence Project London (IPL) is the only UK member of the international Innocence Network based in New York. She is also currently carrying out research funded by the Peter Harris Trust, centred on promoting access to justice for disabled witnesses of disability hate crime (the Disabled Witness Project). Louise is also researching into the impact of student’s case work on the IPL.
Dr Opi Outhwaite
Opi is a Senior Lecturer in Law at St. Mary’s University Twickenham London. 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. Daniel Aguirre
Dr. Daniel Aguirre is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Greenwich. He teaches Tort law and the Legal Advocacy and Ethics courses and is a member of the Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group. Dr. Aguirre's research interests include investment law, business and human rights, transitional justice and human rights in developing states and South East Asia.
Previously Dr Aguirre was an international legal advisor for the International Commission of Jurists based in Yangon, Myanmar, working on business and human rights, the independence of the judiciary, the rule of law and access to remedy for violations of human rights. He has experience working with non-governmental organisations and universities in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Claire Methven O'Brien
Claire is Strategic Adviser on Human Rights and Business at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, where she provides expert advice to multinational corporations, international financial institutions, governments, international, regional, and civil society organisations, including in the area of procurement and supply chain management. She is the funder of the International Learning Lab on Procurement and Human Rights and a Member of the Sustainable Public Procurement Group of UN Environment's 10-Year Framework for Programmes on Sustainable Production and Consumption. In 2016 she was the winner of Ireland's Procurement Leader Award 2016. Clear has provided technical support and training on human rights to International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management, the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association, and the International Standards Organisation ISO20400 Program Committee and works with the BHRE on its public procurement and human rights projects. Claire has a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, Florence and other degrees from the University of Cambridge, City University and LSE. She has been called to the London Bar.
Dr. Nadia Bernaz
Nadia is an Associate Professor of Law and Governance at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her main area of research is business and human rights. She looks at how corporations and businesspeople can be held accountable for their human rights impact through international, domestic and transnational processes. Nadia has a PhD in international law from Aix-Marseille University in France. Prior to joining Wageningen, she held positions at Middlesex University (London), the Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland Galway) and Aix-Marseille University. She is the author of Business and Human Rights, History, Law and Policy. Bridging the Accountability Gap, and runs the blog “Rights as Usual.” Nadia works with the BHRE on its transitional justice and business and human rights research.
Dr. Rosa Ana Alija Fernandez
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. She leads the Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) project on the topic.
Dr. Maria Eugenia Hernandez
Maria Eugenia has a PhD in International Law from the University of Valencia and a Law Degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain). During her PhD studies, she was a visiting researcher at University of Exeter Law School for a period of six months.
Her research focus is on modern slavery in the garment supply chain and corporate human rights due diligence.
Dr. Hernandez worked as a lawyer in Spain for over 17 years in different fields such as criminal, tort and labour law. She is currently assisting a local organisation which works to rebuild human trafficking survivor´s lives.
Dr. Ruth Abril Stoffes
Ruth is Associate Professor of Law at the University CEU Cardenal Herrera. She holds a PhD, Master in European Union and Master in Gender Equality. She specialises in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and her research interest include the protection of women and girls in armed conflicts. Ruth advices several international organisations including NATO, EU and United Nations. She has been visiting professor at several universities including Antwerp, Lyon, Oxford, East London and Greenwich. Within the framework of the BHRE she participates in research relating to human trafficking and modern slavery of women and girls.
Dr. Farid Mohammed Rashid
Farid studied his BA in law (2004), at Aleppo University, Syria. He completed his LLM in International Law and Criminal Justice in 2010 at the University of East London, UK. In addition, he was awarded his PhD in December 2016 for a thesis which focused on the role and powers of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, titled ‘The Role of the Prosecutor in the International Criminal Court: Discretion, Legitimacy, and the Politics of Justice’. The external examiner characterized the thesis as “timely intervention” on the topic. He also became a member of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict during his PhD. In early 2017, he was also engaged in a research project as a Research Assistant at the University of East London. The project implements and evaluates the impact of a series of writing techniques that foregrounds the use of speaking-writing connection to support student’s development of academic voice and identities. He is currently seeking to publish a new article focusing on the discretionary power of the ICC Prosecutor and its relation to the politics of justice. At the BHRE Farid develops research on environmental related crimes and international criminal accountability.
Veronica 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.
Greenwich students are given the opportunity to join our team and participate in our projects. Our current interns have joined us after completing their Law Degree:
Ashely has recently completed a law degree at the University of Greenwich and will be graduating in July 2019. He is currently an intern with BHRE analysing modern slavery statements from various universities in the UK during the 2017-18 financial year. Whilst studying in he third-year, Ashley took part in a pro bono placement once a week and represented the University as a student ambassador. He has also developed an interest in business and human rights and produced work on the need for international corporate accountability to prevent human rights violations. He intends to study for his legal practice course in September 2020.
Fatimazahra recently completed her LLB Law degree at the University of Greenwich and will be graduating in July 2019. She is currently an intern at the BHRE, analysing the modern slavery statements of various local authorities in the UK during the 2017-18 financial year. Her interest in human rights led her to volunteer as President of the University of Greenwich Amnesty International Society. She is particularly interested in womens' rights, business and human rights and freedom of expression, on which she produced work in her final year, focusing on the impact of censorship on expression. Fatimazahra has previously worked pro-bono as a Caseworker on the Innocence Project London investigating wrongful convictions. She intends to study an LLM in International Human Rights in October 2019.
Our past interns have gone on to do very exciting work. We are grateful for their work during their time at BHRE.
Marisol Bernal Corredor
Marisol was an intern at BHRE during 2018 while she was doing here LL.M in International and Commercial Law at University of Greenwich. She has a Law degree from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). She previously worked at the Colombian Consulate in Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands) as Diplomatic Mission Assistant as well as the second head of the Consulate being in charge of the Consular Functions. She is interested in business and human rights and her research for dissertation is on strategic litigation for corporate legal accountability in the fishing industry. Marisol is currently a Responsible Procurement Officer at the London Universities Purchasing Consortium.
Anna was an Intern at the BHRE under the Greenwich Work Experience programme after she completed her Law Degree in 2018. During her time at BHRE she was a Project Manager on the joint LUPC- BHRE Modern Slavery Project.
She previously worked as an Intern at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) where her work focused on the efforts of Commonwealth countries in ending Modern Slavery.
Anna currently consults with us on modern slavery related work while she prepares to be a Barrister.
Patrycja was an Intern at the BHRE Greenwich Work Experience Programme after she graduated from the LLB at the University of Greenwich. She was also Project Manager on the LUPC-BHRE Modern Slavery Project. Whilst studying the LLB, Patrycja participated in the Harvard World Model United Nations conferences representing highly influential countries in formal debates on human rights topics such as the refugee crisis and negotiated resolutions with fellow member states of similar position on the topic debated.