The team — Meet our experts
Dr Olga Martin-Ortega
Dr Martin-Ortega is a Reader in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. 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, United Kingdom. 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.
Harpreet Kaur Paul
Harpreet is a Legal and Policy Research Fellow at the BHRE Research Group. Harpreet qualified as a solicitor in September 2010, having undertaken her training contract at Lawrence Graham LLP (now Gowling WLG LLP). She then went onto work for Global Policy Forum, Amnesty International and REDRESS. She currently provides consultancy services to a number of NGOs, including People & Planet. Harpreet has a law degree from King's College London, and a LL.M degree from Birkbeck. She is working on the Electronics Hub of the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights and the Supply Chain of Electronics 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
Veronica Torres is a PhD candidate and a Researcher in the BHRE Research Group. 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.
William Rook is a PhD candidate and a Researcher in the BHRE Research Group. 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.