Team

Principal Investigator: Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees, Swansea University

Yvonne is Associate Professor of Law at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University. Her research interests include evidence and proof, international criminal procedure and human rights law, and she has published widely in these fields. She is the author of Fairness in International Criminal Trials (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Proving International Crimes (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020). She is Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Door Tenant at Invictus Chambers, London, and a member of the Legal Action Committee at GLAN Law – the Global Legal Action Network.

Co-Investigator: Dr Phil Bartie, Heriot-Watt University

Before moving into academia Phil Bartie (PhD) worked for 10 years in various technical roles in government and industry in the UK and New Zealand, developing a wide range of geospatial solutions from analysis of thermal imagery, to calculating debris flow using LiDAR, to developing collaborative GIS tools for planners. His research focus has been in geospatial intelligence, location based services and human computer interaction, with a particularly interested in how spatial models (e.g. visibility modelling) enhance the effectiveness of interactions people have with mobile computers.

Co-Investigator: Dr Riza Batista-Navarro, University of Manchester

Riza Batista-Navarro is a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science of the University of Manchester. She obtained her PhD degree in Computer Science with specialisation in Text Mining in 2014. Her research focus is on extracting information from text using natural language processing (NLP). Since 2010, she has gained experience in interdisciplinary work developing machine learning-based information extraction methods and applying them to biomedical use cases, e.g., cancer biology. Her work figured prominently in the BioCreative community-wide evaluation challenges in 2013 and 2015, having obtained top-ranked results. More recently, Riza is developing novel text mining methods with applications to socio-economic contexts. In 2017, she completed the UK Digital Economy Crucible leadership programme developed by the CHERISH-Digital Economy Centre at Swansea University. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a research project on NLP-based social media analytics funded by the University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI). As part of this effort, she is collaborating with research partners from various institutes in the University in defining and implementing various use cases for social media analytics.

Co-Investigator: Dr Alexa Koenig, University of California, Berkeley

Alexa Koenig, JD, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law. She co-founded and advises the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains individuals from across disciplines to use online open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. Alexa co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology and Human Rights, is a member of the Technology Advisory Board for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. She is currently co-directing an international effort to develop a protocol on the use of open source investigations for criminal accountability. Alexa has been honored with the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and diverse grants, including support from the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations. Her research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Reports, and elsewhere.

Co-Investigator: Dr. Daragh Murray, University of Essex

Daragh Murray is a Senior Lecturer at the Human Rights Centre & School of Law at the University of Essex. His research focuses on issues relating to conflict and counter-terrorism, as regulated by the law of armed conflict and international human rights law. He has a particular interest in the regulation and engagement of non-State armed groups, and in the use of technology, particularly in an intelligence agency and law enforcement context. He is a former Government of Ireland IRCHSS Research Scholar, and has a PhD in Law from the University of Essex, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and an MSc in Computer Security & Forensics from Dublin City University.

Daragh recently published Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups with Hart Publishing. He also authored the 'Practitioners Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict' in conjunction with Dapo Akande, Charles Garraway, Francoise Hampson, Noam Lubell and Elizabeth Wilmshurst.

Daragh previously worked as head of the International Unit at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, based in the Gaza Strip. In 2011, he served as Rapporteur for an Independent Civil Society Fact-Finding Mission to Libya, which visited western Libya in November 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution. He is currently a member of the Human Rights Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, and teaches on the Peace Support Operations course and the Journalists, Law and Rights in War course run by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo.

Research Associate: Dr Victoria Ikoro, University of Manchester

Victoria Ikoro (PhD) is a Research Associate in the school of Computer science at the University of Manchester working with Dr Riza Batista-Navarro. Before returning to academia Victoria has worked in the industry in the United Kingdom as a Data Scientist. She has developed several machine learning models with applications in diverse fields including Insurance, business, health and Astronomy. Her core interest lies in investigating ways in which modern technology can be applied to solve real-world problems.

Project Consultant: Sam Dubberley, Amnesty International

Sam Dubberley is the manager of the Digital Verification Corps at Amnesty International and co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub. He has over ten years’ experience in broadcast news and was head of the Eurovision News Exchange from 2010 to 2013, managing the world’s largest exchange of television news content. As a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, Sam co-authored a global study exploring the use of user-generated content in TV and online news output. He has published further research into the impact of UGC with Eyewitness Media Hub and First Draft News.