Olga Martin-Ortega

Olga Martin-Ortega Law Degree (Spain), LLM, PhD

Olga Martin-Ortega
Law Degree (Spain), LLM, PhD

Reader in Public International Law

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Dr Olga Martin-Ortega joined the University of Greenwich in November 2012 as a Reader in Public International Law. In Greenwich she leads the Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group (see: www.gre.ac.uk/bhre) and undertakes research on multinational enterprises and human rights, post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice (see research interests).

Before joining Greenwich she was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC), School of Law, University of East London. From 2010 she was also member of the management team at the Centre. As a member of the CHRC Olga undertook research in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice and taught on the LLM programme, leading the modules on war and human rights and business and human rights. She was also the co-ordinator of the LLM International Criminal Justice, Chair of the School of Law Research Ethics Committee and a member of the University Research Ethics Committee.

Before joining the University of East London, she was a lecturer in law at Napier University (Edinburgh), where she taught European Law. From 2001–05 she worked at the University of Jaen where she was a lecturer in law and undertook her PhD, funded by a prestigious grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education on formation and training of researchers and lecturers. During her time at the University of Jaen Olga taught extensively on public international law, European law and international human rights law, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was also the co-ordinator of the Erasmus student exchange programme. 

Olga is currently a member of several international research networks, including the Interest Group on Business and Human Rights of the European Society of International Law (Chair of the Board); London Transitional Justice Network (Member of the Executive Committee); CEIDA (Research Network on Corporate Social Responsibility in Extractive Industries in Developing Areas) and Research Group on Private International Law and Human Rights (Spain).She also teaches online postgraduate courses on business and human rights at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and the Pontificia Catolica Universidad de Peru and specialised workshops on peacebuilding in the University of Barcelona.

  • Member of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Group of Electronics Watch
  • Member of the Academic Commission advising the Spanish Government of the drafting of the Spanish National Implementation Plan on Business and Human Rights
  • Chair of the Board of the Interest Group on Business and Human Rights, European Society of International Law
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the London Transitional Justice Network
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Revista de Estudios Juridicos (Journal of Legal Studies, Spain)
  • Member of the professional associations on international law: European Society of International Law and Spanish Society of International Law

Olga’s main research areas are in the field of Public International Law. In particular she researches on business and human rights, post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice and international criminal law. In the area of business and human rights her research has considered the roles and responsibilities of multinational corporations, with regards to the protection and respect of human rights and the tools available in International law to hold them to account when they participate in human rights violations. In recent years she has focused her research on the potential implications of multinational corporations in human rights violations in conflict zones. She is currently investigating the electronics industry, in particular, and its potential involvement in human rights violations, both by the financing of illegal armed groups in conflict zones in which the necessary minerals for the industry have to be mined, and the abusive working conditions in companies of the large electronics supply chain.

She leads the Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group (BHRE). The Group is currently undertaken research into the electronics industry and public procurement as a tool for the improvement of working conditions in the supply chain. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Group of Electronics Watch. She is also a member of the Academic Board advising the Spanish Government on the National Implementation Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Olga is also researching post-conflict reconstruction and justice after mass atrocities committed during armed conflicts. She has focused on the relationship between peacebuilding, the rule of law and transitional justice. In particular she has led a project considering the role of hybrid tribunals in prosecuting war crimes after conflict and their contribution to the rebuilding of the rule of law funded by the British Academy. The focus of this project was the War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has also participated in projects on peacebuilding and transitional justice, with special emphasis on Africa, and conducted research on impunity and memory in Spain.

Funded research projects

The role of hybrid courts in the institutional and substantive development of international criminal justice. A study of the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

British Academy Small Grant, September 2010 to April 2012.

Transitional Justice as Peacebuilding?

United States Institute For Peace Research Grant (Project leader: Prof. Chandra L. Sriram), 2010–12. 

Just and Durable Peace by Piece.

European Union VII Framework Collaborative Project, coordinated by the University of Lund (Sweden).

Rule of law in African countries emerging from violent conflict: critical issues and cases.

British Academy. (Project leader: Prof. Chandra L. Sriram), 2007–10. 

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() . In: International Law and Armed Conflict: Challenges in the 21st Century. T.M.C. Asser Press, Den Haag, The Netherlands. pp. 189-207. ISBN 9789067043113

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