New Professor of Public International Law Joins University of Greenwich

A specialist in international security and maritime affairs, Steven Haines, has been appointed as the inaugural Professor of Public International Law.  A former serving naval officer and member of the Central Policy Staff in the Ministry of Defence, his academic interests include international law relating to oceans and maritime affairs, as well as the use of force and the conduct of military and security operations.

Steven’s new post is based in the splendid historic setting of Sir Christopher Wren’s former Greenwich Hospital. Now home to the university’s Greenwich Campus, it previously housed the Royal Naval Staff College where Steven studied in both 1979 and 1993.  “I really feel I am coming home” says Steven, “especially as my office is two doors down the corridor from what was my cabin in 1979!

 “I am delighted to be in Greenwich because the university’s plans for developing postgraduate teaching and research provide a rare and genuinely exciting opportunity for us really to develop a distinctive identity for the Law School. It is a wonderful privilege to be a part of this.”

Most recently, Steven has been working as an academic international lawyer in Geneva, for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and as an adjunct member of the Faculty at the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.   

He has just been appointed a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford’s Changing Character of War Programme and has also held academic posts at Royal Holloway College, University of London; St Antony’s College, Oxford; and Cranfield University.   Recent publications include two contributions to International Law and the Classification of Conflicts published by OUP in August (edited by Elizabeth Wilmshurst).  Currently, Steven is writing the commentary on maritime aspects of the Geneva Convention for a major OUP publication, and drafting international guidelines for the protection of education during armed conflicts. 

Steven will also contribute to the School’s research interest in maritime law, working closely with colleagues in the university’s Greenwich Maritime Institute.

 Story by Public Relations, University of Greenwich

Call For Papers – Maritime Law & Policy Postgraduate Research Student Conference 2012

Friday 23rd March 2012
City University, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB

The London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group are proud to announce that the Third Annual Maritime Law and Policy Conference for researchers and postgraduate students will be taking place on Friday 23 March 2012. We invite all researchers and postgraduate students wishing to present their research work to a friendly and supportive environment to join us at this conference. We welcome submissions in all areas of Maritime Law and Policy, including relevant interdisciplinary work.

Each speaker will present their research ideas or papers for 15 minutes and a 10 minute discussion will follow. There will also be invited speakers who will focus on a topic relevant to the maritime law and policy research communities. Researchers and postgraduate students who do not wish to give a presentation are also very welcome to attend.

You must prepare an abstract (250 words) and send to Mrs Suzanne Louail: by 2nd March 2012.

To register your place as either a delegate or a presenter please complete the booking form:

For information about the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group please please email Mrs Suzanne Louail at or Prof. Jason Chuah at or visit