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Dr Sofia Galani


Sofia is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol. She previously held the position of Teaching Assistant in Law at the University of Bristol Law School.

Sofia holds an LLB in Law from the National University of Athens (2010), an LLM in Public Law (2011) and a PhD in Law from the University of Bristol Law School. In 2017, she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2019, she was a Research Fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, Faculty of Law and Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa and a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University conducting research on Israeli counter-terrorism policies. 

Her research interests are: maritime security; the law of the sea; terrorism studies; and human rights. She is currently working on two books. She is co-editing with Professor Sir Malcolm Evans a collection on maritime security and the law of the sea to be published by Edward Elgar in 2020, Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea: Help or Hindrance? (EE, 2020). She is also working on her first monograph on hostages and human rights entitled Hostages and Human Rights: Towards a Victim-Centred Approach? that will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Sofia was one of the principal contributors to the UNODC Maritime Crime: A Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners (2nd ed, 2019) and has led sessions at the UNODC: Maritime Law Expert Conferences. She is the Editor of the Case and Commentary section of the European Human Rights Law Review. She also sits at the Non-Executive Board of Advisors of Human Rights at Sea, and oversees student-led projects on human rights violations and abuses at sea ran in support of the charity's research programme, as part of the research activities of the Human Rights Implementation Centre.

She has designed and developed the LLM unit on Maritime Security on the LLM programme. She teaches Law and Policy of the EU I on the LLB programme and International Law and Human Rights on the LLM programme. Sofia has also taught and General Principles of International Law, Constitutional Rights and Trusts on the LLB programme.