Steven Haines



I was appointed to the Chair in Public International Law in the University of Greenwich in September 2012, since when I have also been a Visiting Fellow on the University of Oxford's Changing Character of War Programme (2012-13), a Visiting Professor in Security and Law at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (2010-15), and (since 2015) a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Rising Powers in the University of Cambridge.

My full time academic career (since 2003) has built substantially on previous service in the British Armed Forces.  I left the Ministry of Defence Central Policy Staff in 2003 to Head a Politics and International Relations department within the University of London and was subsequently (2006) promoted to a Chair in Strategy and the Law of Military Operations.  In 2008 I accepted a post as an academic international lawyer in Geneva, focused principally on the international law governing international security operations, in particular International Humanitarian Law (IHL).  I was Head of the Security and Law Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a member of its Management Board.  I also taught at the Geneva Academy of IHL and Human Rights, on its LLM Programme.  In terms of pro bono work, I have been Legal and Military Consultant to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack since 2011, writing international Guidelines for the Protection of Education from Military Use which have to date been formally endorsed by 74 states (most recently the UK). I am also a Trustee of the NGO Human Rights at Sea and a member of Save the Children International's Civil-Military Advisory Board.  

Prior to my full time academic career, I was an officer in the Royal Navy, serving at sea in a variety of surface warships, deploying to the South Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans.  Operationally, I served on UN mandated economic embargo operations, spent over four years with the Northern Ireland Security Forces (latterly as the Head of Operations in the naval HQ in Belfast), and served as a British Sea Fisheries Officer for three years enforcing fisheries regulations in Britain's Extended Fisheries Zone.  In 2001 I deployed to the British led NATO Multi-National Brigade in Pristina, Kosovo and to the British Joint Task Force HQ in Freetown towards the end of the civil war in Sierra Leone.  Staff appointments included the Management Board of HM Naval Base Portland and the Executive Board of the Armed Forces' 'think-tank' at Shrivenham (having been the RN member of the Ministry of Defence's Strategic Development Study that recommended its establishment). I spent a total of eight years in the Ministry of Defence, on the Naval Staff (1995-98) and on the Central Policy Staff (1998-2003). I was the author of both the RN's strategic doctrine (British Maritime Doctrine, 1999) and the over-arching doctrine for the Armed Forces (British Defence Doctrine, 2001).  I compiled the RN's Handbook on the Law of Maritime Operations used by deployed units during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was the Chair of the Editorial Board of the official Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict (OUP, 2004), being also joint author of its chapter on 'Maritime Warfare'.