Steven Haines is Professor of Public International Law in the University of Greenwich. He was previously on the Management Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (2008-12) and the founding Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London (2003-8). He has held full-time or visiting/adjunct posts in ten university institutions (including Aberdeen, Cranfield, Oxford, Cambridge, ETH Zurich and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights).
His principal research interests are in Ocean Governance, Maritime Security Law and the Laws of Naval Warfare. He is currently a Trustee of the NGO Human Rights at Sea: www.humanrightsatsea.org . The Chair of Save the Children International’s Civil-Military Advisory Board, since 2011 he has been legal and military adviser to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA): www.protectingeducation.org . He works closely with both Save the Children and Human Rights Watch to advance the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), now formally endorsed by over eighty states. At the core of the SSD are International Guidelines for the Protection of Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, of which he was the author.
To his academic and civil society work he brings extensive experience (1971-2003) as a naval officer. Operationally, he served on UN maritime embargo operations, on maritime counter terrorism and coastal security, on fishery protection and on joint operations with KFOR’s Multi-National Brigade (Centre) in Pristina, Kosovo and on the British Joint Task Force HQ in Freetown, towards the end of the civil war in Sierra Leone. He served for eight years in the Ministry of Defence, on both the Naval Staff and the Central Policy Staff (including on the Executive Board of what is now the Defence Concepts and Doctrine Centre – previously the JDCC - at Shrivenham).